The work of the Swedish Economic Crime Authority is based in the big-city counties of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Around 400 people work at the Swedish Economic Crime Authority. There are approximately:
- 180 police officers
- 85 prosecutors
- 40 economic auditors
- 40 economic administrators
There Authority also includes the Director General’s secretariat and financial specialists and analysts.
Many professional groups cooperate
The Swedish Economic Crime Authority is divided into a number of economic crime chambers. There are 25-40 people working in each economic crime chamber. A chief prosecutor leads the overall work and a chamber commissioner leads the police work. The operational work is carried on in investigation teams composed of:
- police officers
- economic auditors
- economic administrators
- specialists of various kinds
These professional groups work together to detect and prevent crime, investigate crime and prosecute criminals. This is a unique working method within the judicial system. Good results require cooperation, particularly in complex economic crime investigations. All the professional categories’ specialist knowledge is used throughout the process from when the crime is reported to the court judgment.
The Director-General heads the Authority and acts as Director of Public Prosecution on prosecution issues. The Head of the Authority is assisted by a secretariat with the following units and heads of units:
- Management Secretariat (Ledningssekretariatet) (Director of Planning and Coordination)
- Public Prosecutions Unit (Överåklagarenheten) (Director of Public Prosecution)
- Legal and Development Unit (Rätts- och utvecklingsenheten) (Senior Legal Officer)
- Accounts Unit (Ekonomienheten) (Director of Finance)
- Human Resources Unit (Personalenheten) (Director of Human Resources)
- Economic Crime Office (Ekobrottskansliet) (Chief of Police)
The Director of Public Prosecution is the Director-General’s deputy.
The Economic Crime Office leads the police work
The Economic Crime Office is a unit in the National Criminal Investigation Department (Rikskriminalpolisen) led by a police chief. The Economic Crime Office leads the Swedish Economic Crime Authority’s police work and the police officers assigned to the Swedish Economic Crime Authority are employed by the Swedish police.
A chamber for economic crime is headed by a chief prosecutor who leads the activity. The chief prosecutor has a deputy chief public prosecutor. A chamber commissioner assists the head of the chamber and leads the police activity in the chamber. Each chamber for economic crime has economic prosecutors, economic police officers, economic auditors and experts.
Tax-crime investigators at the Swedish National Tax Boards’ tax-crime units work at the chambers for economic crime and assist with investigations. The different categories have clear professional roles, work closely together and contribute their special competence to the investigations.
The operational police units assist the chambers for economic crime with criminal intelligence services, surveillance and secret means of coercion. The operational service units are responsible, through economic secretaries and administrative staff, for the operational and administrative service to the chambers for economic crime and the operational police units.