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The Internal Fraud Forum
To align the fraud fighting mechanisms inside a federal government department is a challenge. This particular client wanted to create a forum where groups from audit, investigation, governance, legal, finance and risk management could come together to share thoughts and ideas. So, we built it for them.
We built an internal educational forum, which brought together groups and focused on fraud, from prevention to detection and ultimately, remediation. The participants received information on applicable legislation, new trends and detection techniques. They were challenged to be innovative and integrative in addressing fraud risk within the department. The result was the exchange of great ideas, development of new relationships and strengthening of existing ones.
Prior to developing the material, we contacted the professional organizations to which the attendees belonged. We made sure that the training met with the professional organization’s standards, which resulted in a very cost-effective way for the employees to maintain their professional credentials.
Open Source Intelligence Gathering for Law Enforcement Agencies
A Canadian law enforcement agency with multi-faceted policing responsibilities identified a demand amongst its members and its partner agencies to have open source intelligence training. They had a general training program but did not have modules designed for specific units.
We were retained and designed multiple training modules based on existing content and training platforms. We also delivered the training at various facilities. As a result, the organization received introductory training courses, comprehensive open-source training, courses specific to strategic intelligence and courses relating to white-collar crime and corruption.
Arming Law Enforcement With Investigative Smarts
Since 2006, KeyNorth has been providing training to major law enforcement agencies. This training is ongoing, as these agencies need to be able to conduct OSINT (open-source intelligence gathering) to support their investigations and maintain public safety. Personnel including officers and analysts receive hands-on, in-class training, supported by e-learning. Using real life, relevant examples, the course material is eminently applicable to daily work.
Having this training under their belt means that these officers and analysts are more effective on the job, with the ability to gather information that is defensible and admissible in court. As well, it often leads to quicker investigations, shorter leads and new connections. Combined, this training provides our client with an immeasurably high ROI and also provides employees with the potential for future career growth.
Professional Private Investigators of the Future
Our firm has trained dozens of future private investigators through our Basic Training Program. From would-be surveillance investigators, investigative journalists, genealogists to police officers in career transition.
On one occasion, we were able to assist a group of police officers that were retiring and considering setting up a specialized agency focused on serving the needs of a particular industry. In addition to providing the basic training course required by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Ontario, we also provided business-coaching services, discussed effective corporate structures and introduced them to other professionals that would help them along the way.
• According to a 2014 Survey conducted by the Centre for Social Media of the International Assocaition of Chiefs of Police 95% of agencies surveyed use social media. 55.9% of agencies not currently using social media are considering its adoption. Most impressively 78.8% of agencies surveyed reported that social media helped solve crimes in their jurisdiction.
• Private investigation legislation in Ontario covers most activities where an individuals conduct investigation activities into an individual or organization and are paid for it. In order to become a licensed private investigator in Ontario a person must be 18 years of age or older, be eligible to work in Canada, possess a clean criminal record, pass a Basic Training Course, pass the licensing exam and be approved by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
• Employers based in Ontario may be entitled to receive funding for providing training to their workforce. Contact us to learn more about these programs.
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