INTERPOL intelligence analysis training to strengthen response to wildlife crime in tiger-range countries

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Yes, INTERPOL again! Hugh Paxton’s blog reckons the world would be duller without big cats. My life would be much easier without my small cat. I can’t stand it but it loves me. But that’s pets. I saw a tiger in India and that was special! This isn’t bunny hugging (or tiger hugging). Tigers sustain a huge tourism industry that in turn employs lots of people who steal my luggage! Over to INTERPOL! They know!

From: INTERPOL Environmental Security [mailto:environmentalcrime@interpol.int]
Sent: Saturday, September 05, 2015 2:30 AM
To: paxton.bkk@gmail.com
Subject: INTERPOL intelligence analysis training to strengthen response to wildlife crime in tiger-range countries

INTERPOL intelligence analysis training to strengthen response to wildlife crime in tiger-range countries

DHAKA, Bangladesh – An intelligence analysis training course organized by INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Sub-Directorate with the Bangladesh Police at the National Police Staff College in Dhaka, has concluded with a call to boost the region’s ability to protect endangered wildlife – particularly Asian ‘big cats’ – through increased analytical capacity and intelligence-led operations.

Delivered by INTERPOL’s environmental security experts, the two-week course (23 August – 3 September) addressed the theory and practice of criminal analysis in an intelligence-led law enforcement environment, with training on the use of innovative information management techniques and tools for wildlife crime investigations.

The event was attended by some 20 law enforcement officials from tiger range countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition to providing targeted training, the event also served to contribute to the wider objective of establishing a network of trained intelligence analysts across tiger range countries with the capability to support intelligence-led investigations into criminals and syndicates involved in tiger and other Asian big cat crime.

Inspector General of Bangladesh Police (IGP) A. K. M. Shahidul Hoque emphasized the need for sharing intelligence, experience and expertise among police officials in tiger range countries to protect endangered tigers.

“These remarkable creatures should not be extinct because of unlawful and unfair motives of man. Tigers need an undisturbed natural habitat to live and breed. The Royal Bengal Tigers are part of the Sundarbans heritage. Yet the tiger census shows that their numbers are falling daily due to a diminishing ecosystem and shrinking danger-free environment. My police force works relentlessly to keep tigers and other wildlife safe in the world’s largest mangrove forest,” commented the IGP upon opening the training session.

“Developing intelligence analysis capacity in tiger range states is essential in equipping enforcement officials to fight poaching and illegal trade,” said David Higgins, Head of the INTERPOL Environmental Security Sub-Directorate.

“This kind of training helps INTERPOL identify areas where we can support countries in strengthening intelligence management to develop a cohesive global strategy to more effectively tackle the criminal networks behind tiger crimes. We would like to thank the Bangladesh Police for organizing this training at their Police Staff College and taking the lead in encouraging the training of specialized wildlife crime analysts,” added Higgins.

During the training, participants were required to complete a formal assessment, resulting in the award of official certification if they met the required standard. INTERPOL will subsequently conduct an advanced intelligence management training course for criminal analysts from tiger range countries to be able to build upon skills acquired in Dhaka.

The training course falls under the umbrella of INTERPOL’s Project Predator, which targets wildlife crime and criminals in Asia, with special focus on Asian big cats. It is primarily funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State.

Best regards,

Environmental Crime Programme
Environmental Security Sub-Directorate

INTERPOL General Secretariat
200 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon, France
E: environmentalcrime

www.interpol.int/crime-areas/environmental-crime/
Twitter @INTERPOL_EC

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