To address the threat of IWT and the involvement of organised crime, the WJC works closely with law enforcement agencies and governments to improve the capacity of the mandated agencies to address IWT. We do this by providing technical and operational support based on needs assessments and requests from our law enforcement partners. This support may include undercover support, the provision of equipment or systems and platforms.
Training and mentoring
We also provide specialised intelligence and investigations training ranging from basic to advanced. We then operationalise what is learned in theory with our mentoring programme. This takes the skill sets learnt in the training and applies them to real life cases. We have had outstanding success using this model, particularly in Thailand and Mozambique.
To date we have provided capacity building activities, training and mentoring in 6 countries. We offer the following training courses and modules:
- Basic Investigations
- Advanced Investigations
- Online Investigations
- Undercover Operations
- Basic Intelligence
- Advanced Intelligence
- Open-Source Research
- Financial Analysis
- Basic Phone Analysis
- Advanced Phone Analysis Course
- Training courses for Judges and Prosecutors
In April 2021, the Wildlife Justice Commission commenced a three-year project generously funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery to expand our in-house Intelligence Development Unit (IDU) into a global Intelligence Development Unit to combat and prevent wildlife crime.
As the first of its kind, this global IDU supports multinational efforts to fight wildlife crime in real time and will drive the use of intelligence in Southeast Asia. This initiative, called Project Galvanise, is designed to strategically support law enforcement agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders who hold important portfolios for safeguarding protected landscapes and wildlife in Southeast Asia.
In 2022, the following achievements were realised under this project:
- Eight intelligence analysts have been recruited and funded by Galvanise to support this work in Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- We established a project steering committee that met for the first time in December 2022. The purpose of the group is to bring together key stakeholders who are instrumental for the project for strategic decision making, monitoring progress and addressing any challenges.
- We began our intensive training programme for analysts in November 2022 in Malaysia with training provided on topics including open-source intelligence, social media intelligence, online investigations, and the dark web. Three more training courses are planned through to March 2023. After the training, we will support analysts in their agencies with mentoring.
“One may consider illegal wildlife trade a soft underbelly of organised crime, but the network and associated cells perpetrating illegal wildlife trade are hard criminals. The intelligence collected and collated by the Wildlife Justice Commission therefore can be very useful to Law Enforcement Agencies in their investigations into other organised crimes and vice versa.”
Former Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) of the Hong Kong Police
“In recent years WJC has had a significant impact on wildlife crime investigations in Vietnam, in an atmosphere where wildlife crime is taken much more seriously by the Vietnam Government. WJC’s capacity on intelligence analysis is highly relevant in the wildlife crime space, is welcomed by a number of enforcement agencies, particularly, Vietnam and Thailand, and has had a strong inputs to the wildlife crime capabilities of enforcement agencies in those countries.”
Regional Lead for Wildlife and Wildlife Crime, WWF Greater Mekong
“This programme will equip our officers with the necessary tools to tackle wildlife crime occurring on online platforms, and more generally how to apply advanced investigation techniques in wildlife crime cases”