Asia's Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) Continues to Build Regional Law

The fight against illegal wildlife trade in Asia took another step forward with the successful completion of an intense seven-day training course for government and law enforcement officers in Indonesia.

Freeland, with cooperation from Indonesian government agencies, provided a team of criminal investigators and experienced wildlife crime instructors to conduct the DETECT (Detection of Environmental Crime Training) course. The course simulated a transnational crime scenario designed to give participants practical hands on experience in key investigative techniques, such as: identifying, transporting and storing wildlife; analysis and recovery of document and electronic evidence; surveillance; interviewing; detecting deception; court preparation and dealing with informants. In addition, the instructors trained participants on teaching methods and lesson planning to enable course graduates to share these valuable skills with colleagues who were unable to attend. This training of trainers component helps to ensure the course is owned and implemented by government institutions.

Asia is recognized as a hotspot for illicit wildlife trade which is increasingly controlled by organized criminal syndicates. Providing law enforcement officials in Asia with current knowledge and skills is essential in the fight to protect and maintain the biodiversity of the region.

As part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking) Program, and the Indonesian Forestry and Climate Support Program (IFACS), the course provides Indonesian officials with new skills to disrupt and dismantle organized criminal networks involved in wildlife crime. The DETECT training course participants included members of the Indonesian Nation Police Criminal Investigation Division (INP-CID), the Indonesian Ministry of Forests (MOF), the Indonesian Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Quarantine Division, and the Indonesian Attorney General and Public Prosecutor Office.Freeland has successfully taught and implemented the DETECT training course in Asian countries, and is pressing the governments of the region to sustain the needed training in both national and regional institutions.

Freeland continues to train law enforcement officials throughout Asia, giving them the skills required to achieve a world free of wildlife crime.

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ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking) is a USAID supported program implemented by Freeland Foundation. ARREST fights trafficking in illegal wildlife in Asia in three ways: Reducing consumer demand; Strengthening law enforcement; and Strengthening regional cooperation and anti-trafficking networks. ARREST unites the efforts of the member states of ASEAN, China and South Asia, NGOs, and private sector organizations. Together, these dedicated people and organizations are helping Asia respond to the challenge of protecting its unique wildlife.