The Swedish Economic Crime Authority has a national scope. Our main office is located in Stockholm. There are operational (regional) offices in Umeå, Linköping, Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. There are also smaller investigation units in Örebro and Uppsala.
The authority consists of appx 560 employees, among them 100 prosecutors, 230 police officers of different specialties, forensic accountants, analysts, other specialists and administrative staff. Our assignment covers the whole field from preliminary intelligence to the trial itself.
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:
- Staff (Ledningsstaben) (Chief of Staff)
- Public Prosecutions Unit (Överåklagarenheten) (Director of Public Prosecution)
- Legal Unit (Rättsenheten) (Senior Legal Officer)
- Development Unit (Utvecklingsenheten) (Head of development)
- Administrative Unit (Administrativa enheten) (Head of administration)
- Economic Crime Office (Ekobrottskansliet) (Chief of Police)
The Director of Public Prosecution is the Director-General’s deputy.
Many professional groups cooperate
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.
It is widely recognized within the different professions of SECA that the team-oriented working principle is a major key for success. The challenge is to identify success factors and communicate them to each team member. Team spirit, motivation, different skills and backgrounds experiences and close informal and quick cooperation provides a breeding ground for a good result.
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.
The operational activities are run by ten chambers for economic crime, one crime assessment office and five operational police units. A particular finance market chamber processes market abuse crimes and swindles. Thus the collective expertise resources are utilized effectively.
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.