Ethical Considerations for Asset Forfeiture

This Ethical Considerations for Asset Forfeiture Course is provided by the Department of Justice. Asset forfeiture is an important and vital law enforcement tool.   It helps strengthen cases, weaken or dismantle criminal enterprises, and return assets to victims of crimes.  But like all tools, law enforcement and prosecuting authorities must use it appropriately.  The purpose of this training is to ensure a command of when and how to properly seize assets for federal forfeiture so that you can protect the rights of the public while also protecting your case and yourself.  Misusing asset forfeiture laws and ignoring asset forfeiture policies can have serious implications.

About This Course

Module 1 – Overview and Purposes of Asset Forfeiture

This module discusses some of the numerous ways that asset forfeiture fulfills the mission of law enforcement.  

Module 2 – Concerns about Asset Forfeiture

This module discusses three criticisms of forfeiture: corruption, fairness, and a lack of accountability. 

Module 3 – Asset Forfeiture Best Practices

This module provides some best practices when considering the seizure of assets.

Module 4 – Federal and State Cooperation

This module discusses how state and local law enforcement can cooperate with their Federal law enforcement counterparts to ensure a successful and proper seizure and forfeiture of assets.

Module 5 – Asset Forfeiture Resources

This module provides links to additional references and resources discussed in this course.

Primary Audience

Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement

Program Management and Training Unit of the Department of Justice, Money Laundering Asset Recovery Section (MLARS)

The Program Management and Training Unit of the Department of Justice, Money Laundering Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) is responsible for several nationwide law enforcement initiatives, as well as the oversight and nationwide training of all federal prosecutors, agents, analysts, and support staff on asset forfeiture, money laundering, and financial investigations.

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