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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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378Officers

(1)In relation to a confiscation investigation these are appropriate officers—

(a)the Director;

(b)an accredited financial investigator;

(c)a constable;

(d)a customs officer.

(2)In relation to a confiscation investigation these are senior appropriate officers—

(a)the Director;

(b)a police officer who is not below the rank of superintendent;

(c)a customs officer who is not below such grade as is designated by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise as equivalent to that rank;

(d)an accredited financial investigator who falls within a description specified in an order made for the purposes of this paragraph by the Secretary of State under section 453.

(3)In relation to a civil recovery investigation the Director (and only the Director) is—

(a)an appropriate officer;

(b)a senior appropriate officer.

(4)In relation to a money laundering investigation these are appropriate officers—

(a)an accredited financial investigator;

(b)a constable;

(c)a customs officer.

(5)For the purposes of section 342, in relation to a money laundering investigation a person authorised for the purposes of money laundering investigations by the Director General of the National Criminal Intelligence Service is also an appropriate officer.

(6)In relation to a money laundering investigation these are senior appropriate officers—

(a)a police officer who is not below the rank of superintendent;

(b)a customs officer who is not below such grade as is designated by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise as equivalent to that rank;

(c)an accredited financial investigator who falls within a description specified in an order made for the purposes of this paragraph by the Secretary of State under section 453.

(7)But a person is not an appropriate officer or a senior appropriate officer in relation to a money laundering investigation if he is—

(a)a member of the staff of the Agency, or

(b)a person providing services under arrangements made by the Director.

379Miscellaneous

“Document”, “excluded material” and “premises” have the same meanings as in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60) or (in relation to Northern Ireland) the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/1341 (N.I. 12)).

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