Course detail: Financial Investigations

Course Description: 

This course will introduce law enforcement officers to methods of following a money trail from the proceeds of crime. The officers will learn how to expand an existing investigation to include financial crimes, and ultimately following a money trail to the disposition of those funds. Once the disposition is known, the officer will learn considerations for asset forfeiture based upon proceeds of crime versus facilitation.The concepts of financial crime can seem overwhelming, but this course will break the concepts into a case study, utilizing "just in time" learning techniques as the case progresses. Designed to be a hands on course, allowing for direction from the student, with instructor guidance, will allow officers to see how the information is useful in all investigations. 

The course will benefit officers conducting routine investigations, traffic stops with money seizures, and undercover operations where a financial aspect can be exploited. Learning the basics of following the money trail can expand current investigations, lead to parties benefitting from a crime, and enhance asset forfeiture possibilities. 

Core Competencies:
  • Participants will develop procedural knowledge of federal, state and local laws as they pertain to the actions of law enforcement officers and the enforcement of those laws.
  • Participants will employ best practices as they investigate any crime from its beginning to its eventual disposition; either as an individual, or as part of an investigatory team. 
Course Objectives:
  • Identify criminal statutes concerning proceeds of crime.
  • Identify sources of information for Financial Records
  • Identify effective investigative tools and methods
  • Be able to formulate an investigative strategy which will allow for a successful prosecution
Instructional Methods:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Case Study
  • Forensic examination of financial documents
Who Should Attend:
  • Law Enforcement Officers 
Course Requirements:
  • 100% Attendance



Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email KLETC or call 620.694.1400 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.

Available sessions