Published October 05, 2018
The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA San Salvador) concluded the course for Wildlife Trafficking Investigators, which was taught by experts from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
The trainers shared their knowledge and experience with 35 law enforcement officials from Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and El Salvador. This training spanned ten days of intense effort.
Throughout the week, different activities focused on the achievement of teaching objectives for the students. They were provided with a glossary of wildlife trafficking research topics, reinforced through field exercises, and participants had the opportunity to practice on San Diego beach, with the support of FUSEL.
The training curriculum focused on endangered species law, wildlife trade data, wildlife identification, initiation and case management, digital evidence, forensic and crime scene processing, surveillance, covert operations, money laundering, interviews, ethics and corruption, planning, among others.
The main focus of this course was the exchange of information, as well as trends and research techniques used in the fight against wildlife trafficking in the United States of America.
ILEA San Salvador will continue to support courses such as this one, supporting investigations into environmental damage, facilitating the exchange of intelligence and cooperation in countering international wildlife trafficking.