New INTERPOL course aims to help countries tackle online illicit wildlife trade

INTERPOL has developed a new training course meant to equip law enforcement officers with the necessary skills to combat the increasing illegal wildlife trade via online platforms.

With the sale of illicit animal parts and products on the internet adding to the global, complex challenge in combating these crimes, the practical Cyber Wildlife Crime Investigations course will assist investigators in the use of online intelligence sources.

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The first five-day training session – held from June 5 – 9, 2017 – at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, brought together 18 police and wildlife officers from nine Asian countries.

During the course, led by trainers from the Australian Federal Police, Environment and Climate Change Canada and INTERPOL’s Digital Crime Team, participants learned a range of skills including effective monitoring of social media and other platforms, including marketplaces in the Darknet and how to protect themselves during online investigations.

The training also links to recommendations from the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) CoP17 to draw on INTERPOL’s expertise to more effectively combat wildlife crime linked to the Internet.

The following countries took part in the training which was delivered as part of INTERPOL’s Project Predator funded by the United States Agency for International Development; Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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