SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
a) Requests for information.
FIA's Anti-Money laundering (Exchange of Information) Regulations,2018 enable local and foreign law enforcement agencies, through FIA, to reach out to financial institutions to locate accounts and transactions of persons that may be involved in terrorism or significant money laundering. One of the requirements to access this information includes the need for the requestor of the information to have a national mandate to investigate an unlawful activity. Another requirement is the need for the investigating authority, at the very least, to indicate what unlawful activity is being investigated.
b) Reference Manuals
FIA also provides a wide array of support, including training and materials, to the law enforcement community in educating them on the operations of financial mechanisms susceptible to financial crimes such as the Uganda Police Force Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Manual developed and published by the FIA.
c) Access to Global Network of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs)
As the FIU for Uganda, FIA is part of a global network of more than 100 FIUs, known as the Egmont Group. Through this network, FIA can facilitate information exchange on law enforcement investigations that have an international component.
• These FIUs were created to collect information on suspicious or unusual financial activity, to analyze that data, and to make it available to appropriate authorities.
• Law Enforcement agencies can submit requests to FIA for information from its global partners that can significantly expand their knowledge of financial activities and reduce delays often associated with international investigative efforts.
• FIA's staff has developed in-depth knowledge of FIU partner countries, and established relationships with FIU personnel that can be shared/utilized to enhance investigative efforts.