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19 September 2014

INTERPOL holds wildlife crime training in Namibia

WATERBERG, Namibia – INTERPOL has conducted a wildlife crime training course in Namibia to enhance the skills of the country’s police and government officials in effective enforcement of environmental laws.

Some 19 participants from the Namibia Police Protected Resources Unit and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism attended the week-long training session (7-14 September), which also served as a ‘train-the-trainer’ course.

Topics covered included operational planning, decision making, risk management, completing information collection plans, witness and subject interview techniques, crime scene investigation, search and seizure planning and execution, as well as court preparation and testimony.

The use of INTERPOL’s global tools and services to enhance multinational law enforcement collaboration in combating wildlife trafficking, including through intelligence-led law enforcement intervention, was also discussed.

A particular concern in Namibia is the protection of threatened species such as elephants and rhinoceros. In this regard, the training course also focused on methods to address illegal poaching in the regions where they are found, as well as combating the associated smuggling of rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory.

The training was organized in cooperation with the Namibia Police and Ministry of Environment and Tourism, with funding from the United States Department of State through INTERPOL’s Project Wisdom, which supports and enhances governance and law enforcement capacity for the conservation of elephants and rhinoceros.