I've been working for a while now with Anne Spibey from the Internal Investigations Team at the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to help her identify and make contact with other internal investigators across government.
In June, representatives from nine departments and agencies came together to form the first cross government investigators' network. It's aim is to share knowledge, experience and best practice, with a view to improving the response to fraud committed by staff and contractors. At the first meeting, the focus was on mapping common areas of interest, identifying active opportunities for closer working and sharing of information. The use of social media and ways to further develop the capability of investigators were also discussed.
This is an investigation practitioners' forum which allows internal investigators across the Civil Service to contact each other for support and resources. This can only enhance the quality of the professional investigations which investigators conduct. (Neil Green, Head of Internal Investigations at DWP
Contact between different departments has increased significantly since the first meeting and a second is planned for October.