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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Section 453: References to financial investigators

643.This section enables the Secretary of State to specify by order a description of the type of accredited financial investigators who may exercise restraint powers under Part 2 or investigation powers under Part 8. The order is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House (section 459(4)). A system for the accreditation of financial investigators is provided under section 3 and the purpose of the order-making power is to enable the Secretary of State to limit the use of restraint and investigation powers to those financial investigators who are employed or engaged by law enforcement authorities or are employed or engaged in a law enforcement capacity by Government departments. It will be possible to describe in an order investigators working in specified organisations or Government departments, or investigators who are not below a specified grade. It would thus be possible to designate under the order investigators who may act as senior appropriate officers for the purposes of making an application for a customer information order (section 369(7)).

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