Trafficking in Wildlife Investigations Training Strengthens Thai Law Enforcement

FREELANDWildlife Trafficking Training

From October 29 through 31, Forty-three Thai law enforcement officers took part in a wildlife trafficking training course in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized criminal syndicates profiting from illegal wildlife trade are becoming more sophisticated creating the need for such training. The training exposed officers, prosecutors and investigators to the methods commonly used to traffic wildlife, smuggling schemes and connections to other crimes such as drug and human trafficking. Participants were then provided with techniques, tactics and strategies used to detect smugglers and document smuggling methods. The training included a legal overview from the Thai Attorney General’s Office, a local wildlife investigative overview, a regional overview from ASEAN-Wildlife Enforcement Network (WEN) and a global perspective from INTERPOL ensuring the participants were exposed to all levels of wildlife trafficking. The innovative course was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Freeland, the implementing partner of the USAID-funded program ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking). Funding for the training was provided by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


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