THE knowledge of 15 police officers has been further boosted by a two-day specialised training program on investigating money laundering activities.
The training, held at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa, will help the officers identify and confiscate tainted proceeds that may be linked to criminal activities.
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua said the workshop was part of continuing efforts to build the capacity and skills of investigators.
"The training will help the officers effectively conduct financial investigations and how to follow money trails as provided under Fiji's anti-money laundering laws as well as the recently-introduced law on unexplained wealth," he said.
"The training is jointly organised by the Fiji Police Force and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) with funding from the Reserve Bank of Fiji."
FIU director Razim Buksh said they were happy to team up again with the force for the workshop.
He said the investigators played an important role in the fight against complex crimes such as money-laundering.
"Proceeds that are linked to criminal activities such as fraud, corruption, tax evasion and other crimes need to be laundered so that the monetary proceeds are transformed and hidden and are difficult to trace by law enforcement authorities," Mr Buksh said.
"Therefore, investigators need to be thoroughly aware of the investigative techniques and the need for co-ordination and networking between relevant agencies."
The workshop was attended by crime officers, crime sergeants and fraud investigators based at various police stations such as Labasa, Nabouwalu, Savusavu, Seaqaqa, Taveuni and Tukavesi.