The egg of Columbo? Evaluation of the project on the Financial Investigation of Crime
- Faber, W., Nunen, A.A.A. van
- WODC, Faber Organisatievernieuwing
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The Financial Investigation of Crime project commenced in October 1996. Since then, work has been underway in order to make financial investigation an integral part of the enforcement chain, under the management of a steering committee composed of individuals from a wide range of organisations. In 1997, the steering committee drew up an interim recommendation that led to the establishment of interregional fraud teams and a national office for the combating of horizontal fraud (the IFT initiative). At the proposal of the steering committee, the prospect was held out of a final evaluation of the IFT initiative as well as an evaluation of the project on the Financial Investigation of Crime as a whole. The evaluation was based on the following questions: to what extent has it been possible to integrate financial investigation with the enforcement chain?; to what extent has the project on the Financial Investigation of Crime contributed towards achieving this? It was also necessary for the study to take on the character of a final evaluation of the IFT initiative and to provide an up-to-date answer to the two problems that formed the basis of the interim evaluation of the IFT initiative in 1999, namely: what positive and/or negative (side)effects does the chosen organisational structure have (establishment of national fraud office and interregional fraud teams) in terms of combating fraud?; what potential does the interregional clustering of knowledge and expertise have in the context of combating fraud? It was also requested that results with regard to confiscation be brought up to date. The result was a description and analysis of the many projects that actually made up the project on the Financial Investigation of Crime.