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22 September 2016

INTERPOL holds advanced training course for wildlife crime analysts

LYON, France – Enhancing the capacity of wildlife crime analysts in Africa and Asia to contribute to transcontinental investigations and prosecutions was the focus of an advanced analytical training course at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters.

Some 20 participants from nine countries analyzed data relating to ongoing cases from their countries, and worked together to identify potential links in transcontinental cases. Expert criminal intelligence analysts from INTERPOL mentored the participants as they applied their newly acquired skills to their own cases.

The two-week course (12-23 September) sought to enhance the capability of participants to:

  • Explain basic charting concepts and terminology
  • Create association and timeline charts based on existing intelligence
  • Effectively search, navigate and analyze charts, and
  • Prepare complex charts for dissemination.

Thei2 Analyst’s NotebookTraining and Mentoring Course provided African and Asian officials  with the analytical expertise to help bridge the law enforcement coordination gaps between the two continents.

INTERPOL has teams stationed in Singapore and Nairobi under Project Predator and Project Wisdom to provide regional support and strengthen links and strategic coordination between Africa and Asia.

Project Predator works to enhance governance and law enforcement capacity for the conservation of Asian big cats and other wildlife species. Project Wisdom aims to disrupt and dismantle the major transnational criminal syndicates engaged in the illegal trade of African elephant ivory and rhino horn.

Participants at the course also marked the international observance of World Rhinoceros Day on 22 September.

The training was organized by INTERPOL’s Project Predator and Project Wisdom and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Wildcat Foundation. Participants came from India, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Nepal, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Zambia.

INTERPOL’s ongoing participation at the CITES Conference of the Parties and the hosting of the 27th INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group meeting in South Africa later this month will further support the collaboration between wildlife management authorities and law enforcement.