Indonesian WEN Equipped to Implement and Sustain Training to Counter Wildlife Trafficking


The fight against illegal wildlife trade in Asia took another step forward with the successful completion of an intense seven day training course for government and law enforcement officers in Indonesia. With funding support from the USAID ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking) Program and the Indonesian Forestry and Climate Support Program (IFACS), FREELAND  provided a team of experienced wildlife law enforcement instructors to conduct the DETECT Investigation course (Detection of Environmental Crime Training). The training, held at Indonesia’s National Training Center for Police and Civil Investigators (Bogor, Java), provided investigation and prosecution officials with new skills to disrupt and dismantle organized criminal networks involved in wildlife crime. The course simulated a transnational crime scenario (problem based learning) designed to give participants practical hands on experience in key investigative techniques. In addition, the instructors trained participants on teaching methods and lesson planning to enable course graduates to share these valuable skills with colleagues in their respective departments. Students were also provided e-Tablets (ScoPad’s) containing all training material, manuals, and procedures so they are able to return to their units to instruct fellow officers in the advanced techniques to counter wildlife trafficking and thus sustain the program. The Indonesian government has already adopted and institutionalized the PROTECT (Protected-area Operational and Tactical Enforcement Conservation Training) module of the USAID funded ARREST Program. The instructors trained 13 participants from various Indonesian agencies including, the National Police, Criminal Investigation Division, the Ministry of Forestry, the Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Quarantine Division and the Attorney General’s Office.


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