Ethical Considerations for Asset Forfeiture

Ethical Considerations for Asset Forfeiture, an eLearning course, outlines best practices concerning asset forfeiture, an important and vital law enforcement tool.  In addition to outlining the three criticisms of forfeiture: corruption, fairness, and a lack of accountability, the course explores the numerous ways that asset forfeiture fulfills the mission of law enforcement. State and local law enforcement survey best practices to cooperate with their federal law enforcement counterparts to ensure a successful and proper seizure and forfeiture of assets.

COURSE LENGTH: 1 HOUR

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Arizona POST Approved Course
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AZPOST does not require the standard approval form for this course; however, if you would like one, please contact AZPOST directly at [email protected]

Course Overview

Asset forfeiture helps strengthen cases, weaken or dismantle criminal enterprises, and return assets to victims of crimes. Like all tools, law enforcement and prosecuting authorities must use asset forfeiture appropriately. Misusing asset forfeiture laws and ignoring asset forfeiture policies can have serious implications. The modules focus on ensuring a command of when and how to properly seize assets for federal forfeiture to protect the rights of the public while also protecting the case and the officer.

Target Audience

Federal, state, and local law enforcement.

Cooperative Partners

This tuition-free online training was developed by the Program Management and Training Unit of the Department of Justice, Money Laundering Asset Recovery Section (MLARS).

Learning Objectives

  • Identify some of the numerous ways that asset forfeiture fulfills the mission of law enforcement
  • Discuss three criticisms of forfeiture: corruption, fairness, and a lack of accountability
  • Identify best practices when considering the seizure of assets
  • Explain 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

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.