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DETECT Advanced Investigations

This 18 to 21 day course is designed to train law enforcement officers and other select personnel to use effective methods and processes to seek out, conduct undercover operations, investigate, arrest and process for prosecution suspects who are involved in environmental crime. The course focuses on the transnational nature of environmental crime, and examines specific techniques available to combat environmental criminals through established national task forces and regional and global networks,

This course is a hybrid of several disciplines comprising classroom, urban and field training environments, with an average instructional day commencing at 0500 and concluding at 2000, regardless of season or weather. Additionally, a significant amount of both theoretical and practical scenarios with hands-on application will take place during the course.

Modules include:

  • International Organizations and Agreements: This module gives an overview of international and foreign agencies and agreements how they work and how they impact or assist in the fight against forest and wildlife Crime.
  • National Statutes and Regulations: This module gives an overview of relevant laws in relations to the task and duties that need to be carried out by personnel involved in investigating forest and wildlife crimes.
  • Forest and Wildlife Crime: This module gives an introduction to environmental crime and criminal profiles.
  • Timber and Wildlife Identification, Treatment and Disposition of Live Wildlife: This module gives an overview of the identification of timber and wildlife species in trade and the basics for primary care and handling of confiscated wildlife.
  • Introduction to Intelligence Theory and Operations: This module introduces the students to both theory and practical application of intelligence cycle and operations.
  • Major Environmental Crime Investigation: This module gives an overview on how to manage an investigation into an environmental crime. 
  • Briefings and Orders: This module covers how to formulate and present briefings, risk management plans and mission orders.
  • Surveillance: This module goes in-depth into techniques of observing suspects or areas of crime and documenting observations.
  • Sources of Information and Informants: This module describes methods of obtaining information on wildlife crime and how to handle and deal with an informant. 
  • Interviewing Techniques and Detecting Deception: This module introduces techniques to the law enforcement officer of effective means of communicating with people including interviewing techniques with an emphasis on environmental crime.
  • Undercover Operations: This module go into depth on how to conduct and manage undercover operations, including the use of undercover and surveillance equipment.
  • Evidence and Crime Scene Processing: This module covers the step-by-step process to use when entering a wildlife crime scene, in order to properly document the scene and secure evidence. The module teaches techniques in preserving fragile wildlife and developing a chain of custody for seized evidence. Also included is the use of phone forensics. 
  • Arrest, Securing, Searching and Handling of Suspects: This module advises the student in different methods of arresting, securing and searching of a suspect from the time of arrest to the handling of the suspect back at the police station.
  • Raids and Takedowns: This module covers all phases of a raid, from planning and preparation to the actual conduct of raids in various locations.
  • Train the Trainer (T2): This module will teach students the methods of conducting practical and theory based LE classes.

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