Scottish based money laundering operations: inter-agency cooperation across jusrisdictions

  • Maureen Egan

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Lamented as a 'global threat', money laundering has been the subject of international, regional, and national (UK) consternation. This has resulted in the development of an intricate legal framework supporting its policing. This thesis examines, from a socio-legal perspective, how this framework is operationalised by the territorial police practitioners in Scotland and is informed by primary research.
In unpacking the inter-agency relationships engaged in the policing of money laundering this work addresses 5 thematic discussions: globalisation, the increasing emphasis on ‘the follow the money approach’ to crime control, the use of risk, the trend of promoting cooperation at EU level, and considering the police as ‘performers’.
In light of these discussions, this work contends that the territorial financial investigator is central to the development of informal mechanisms of cooperation that seek to support the policing of money laundering. However, their need for, and use of, these mechanisms is limited by the type of crime being tackled, the culture of the organisation, and whether the purpose of the action is prevention or prosecution. This thesis concludes that officers are torn between service provision and crime control as they navigate the demands of local and global governance structures in the policing of money laundering.
Date of AwardAug 2012
Original languageEnglish
SponsorsScottish Institute for Policing Research
SupervisorMaria O'Neill (Supervisor) & Anne Wilson (Supervisor)

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