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We start off by engaging participants in a short challenge to solve a terrorist financing mystery. The exercise is carefully led by our experienced facilitators, who all have significant personal experience investigating organised crime and terrorism, to bring out a series of important issues which frame the remainder of the training.
Understanding suspicious activity:: Following an examination of the common components of money laundering and terrorist financing, we discuss the impact failing to identify and report suspicious activity can have on our business and our society.
Case Study: Through lively stories, discussion, group work, and Q&A, we explore how criminal groups operate, discuss the pros and cons, and examine various strategies for countering them.
Dynamic Mind-Set: Following discussion and reflection, we then examine how the brain fails and succeeds in complex environments. Through experiments and mini-exercises, participants experience first-hand how cognitive behaviours can affect our ability to identify suspicious activity.
Simulation Exercise: In groups, the participants will practice techniques to overcome challenges, and begin to build the foundations of a vigilant and inquiring mind-set.
Wrap-up and Review: In teams, the participants will identify and discuss the all-important “So what for me, my team and my organisation”. This session will also include preparation for short team presentations on Day 2.
Collaborative vigilance: In preparation for the simulation exercise, the facilitator offers advice on how to organise a team to encourage Dynamic Thinking and enhance vigilance through improved collaboration.
Simulation Exercise: Having formed an understanding of the theory, experienced the limitations of the mind in practice, and learned new techniques for thinking dynamically, participants then put their new skills and knowledge to the test in a live simulation exercise; a team effort involving managing and responding to a complex and fast-moving environment.
The exercise has been designed to allow participants to put the theory and tools and techniques to practical effect. The analysts’ job will be to determine what is happening, identify courses of action, and then make recommendations. In addition to testing and challenging the Dynamic Thinking skills of the participants, the exercise requires judgment and decision-making under pressure, briefings and presentations, communicating uncertainty, negotiation and persuasion.