Intelligence Analysis

Sharing evidence with local law enforcement to fight wildlife trafficking

We do not disclose our methods, but our results speak for themselves

The Wildlife Justice Commission’s Intelligence Development Unit undertakes the collection, collation and analysis of information that we use to create tactical, operational and strategic intelligence assessments in support of current investigations, as well as dissemination to law enforcement agencies or other entities.

Our Intelligence Development Unit provides real time analytical support during deployment of our investigations teams in the field. Post-operationally, analysis is also undertaken to evaluate the investigation, and identify potential leads of further enquiry in addition to outlining possible areas of improvement for future cases. The Unit also undertakes comprehensive strategic assessments to inform the organisation’s Management Team and Supervisory Board of potential threats, risks, emerging issues and opportunities relevant to international illegal trade.

The collection of research, investigation material and the documentation of all the evidence serves our operational needs and those of relevant law enforcement agencies.

But we believe that our analysis can also offer compelling insight to inform the wider international law enforcement and governmental audiences, policy makers, researchers as well as the conservation community and civil society groups.

“It is not enough to have the information, we need to understand what it means. That’s where the analysis and intelligence come in – and that is where the information becomes a powerful instrument that makes it harder for wildlife traffickers to get away with crime.” WJC intelligence analyst

Watch this video from our Pangolin Trafficking report (2020):

Top ten locations associated with the largest volumes (in kg) seized of pangolin scales during 2016-2019.

This measurement counts how many times a shipment passes through each location, rather than seizure locations. It means the total weight per location is greater than the total weight of scales seized.

2019 outputs from the Wildlife Justice Commission’s Intelligence Development Unit