Codes of Practice issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

The Department of Justice has made three codes of practice for Northern Ireland under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). POCA is a UK-wide Act designed to provide law enforcement with tools to recover the proceeds of crime.

Codes of Practice

The new codes of practice tailor guidance on the use of POCA powers to Northern Ireland for constables and Accredited Financial Investigators.  The codes of practice provide important safeguards to ensure that POCA powers are used in a targeted, effective and consistent way.  These are the first Northern Ireland-specific codes of practice.  Previous guidance was provided in codes of practice issued by the Secretary of State with wider coverage including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

POCA has been subject to review and amendment.  The codes of practice reflect changes to date and so form a consistent and consolidated manual for those using the powers.  They also provide reassurance to the general public and provide information for those who may be affected by the powers. 

The codes of practice apply from 1 March 2016.

Further information on the Codes of Practice is available at the publication section of this website.

Any enquiries regarding the codes of practice should be sent to:

Department of Justice
Organised Crime Branch
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
BT4 3SG or



Back to top