Criminal Investigation Higher Officer
HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) is responsible for the department’s civil and criminal investigations. FIS ensures that HMRC has an effective approach to tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud. FIS is home to a wide range of people with a variety of skills and professional backgrounds – including accountants, cybercrime specialists, criminal justice professionals, tax professionals and operational delivery support teams to name but a few. We use a range of powers and approaches to protect funding for UK public services, investigating the most harmful tax cheats and ensuring nobody is beyond our reach.
FIS provides HMRC with an effective investigation arm to enforce the Department’s compliance policies. This enables the Department to
deliver against the strategic responsibilities across all the taxes and duties it administers.
As a Criminal Investigator Higher Officer you will:
• Undertake any aspect of criminal investigation work for which HMRC has functional responsibility.
• Be accountable for decisions and activities undertaken during the course of investigations, which will be subject to scrutiny and inspection by Senior Investigation Officers, the Court system and external authorities.
• Be involved in the search of premises under warrant or by statutory provision, seizure of goods, detention, arrest and interview of individuals and taking of witness statements.
• Manage criminal investigators and also be responsible for the direction and focus of criminal investigations undertaken by your case team.
• Be accountable for the key decisions made during investigations which maybe subject of robust challenge at trial.
• Be expected to lead and coach new members of the team and be able to support them in delivering their objectives, ensuring compliance with our legal responsibilities and demonstrating the highest professional standards.
• Be expected to keep your knowledge up to date for changes in the law and technical and professional developments. You will also build and maintain effective working relationships within HMRC, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Police, Independent Office for Police Conduct (if working within Internal Governance) and other external agencies which may include overseas law enforcement agencies.
You will be responsible for:
• Leading and line managing investigators within the legal and procedural requirements of the criminal justice system and HMRC guidance;
• Gathering evidence on individuals and businesses to progress and enhance criminal investigations into attacks on our tax systems.
• Leading and case managing a range of criminal investigations across HMRC’s business regimes including direct, indirect taxes and frontiers. For officers appointed to internal governance this will involve anti-corruption investigations against HMRC staff
• Preparing and assuring case files and reports to a high standard for the prosecutor (CPS) in advance of receiving criminal charging decisions and responding to changes in the law and criminal procedures;
• Attending court to give evidence and acting as the Disclosure Officer in complex criminal prosecutions;
• Preparing and assuring Production Orders, Case Bundles and Search Warrants and maintaining a high standard of quality within the appropriate criminal legislation and procedures;
This role requires recent experience of conducting criminal investigations and a thorough knowledge of Criminal Justice procedures.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is Security Check (SC)
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