Freeland Announces PROTECT Managers Course for Counter-Poaching Recommended for College Credit​ ​by

Bangkok, Thailand, 22 May, 2015 – Freeland today announced that the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for the Protected-area Operational & Tactical Enforcement Conservation Training (PROTECT) Managers Course. ACE, the major coordinating body for all of the United States’ higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

The PROTECT Managers Course is an intense 16-day (103.5 hours) program, comprising a strong theory base along with field-based, hands-on practical training. With the objective of training participants in the leadership, command and management of a field law enforcement operation, the course also teaches them to design, plan, implement and analyze effective intelligence-led operational and tactical patrolling in protected area law enforcement operations. The methods of assessment are presentations, practical exercises, examinations and performance rubrics, with a minimum passing score of 70 percent.

A total of five semester hours at the lower-division criminal justice baccalaureate/associate degree category was recommended by ACE CREDIT.

“This recommendation from ACE CREDIT directly reflects the high standards of our counter-poaching training course, and is another step forward in Freeland’s endeavors to provide expertise to those who can make a difference in the field of wildlife trafficking. To date, Freeland has trained almost 4,000 law enforcement officers, and this recommendation will help us spread the necessary knowledge to and raise the professional standards of many more,” said Mark Bowman, Freeland’s Global Law Enforcement Advisor.

The course is open to government officers tasked with managing law enforcement within protected areas as well as civilian technical advisors and students in a university criminal justice program.

ACE CREDIT helps adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs in the United States. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability of coursework and examination results to their courses and degree programs. For 40 years, colleges and universities in the United States have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at

Funding for the ACE CREDIT was provided by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the United States Department of State.

The PROTECT Managers course can be viewed on the following video link:

For more information about enrolling on this training course, please contact Mark Bowman via


About Freeland

Freeland is a frontline counter-trafficking organization working for a world that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery.   Our team of law enforcement, development and communications specialists work alongside partners in Asia, Africa and the Americas to build capacity, raise awareness, strengthen networks and promote good governance to protect critical ecosystems and vulnerable people.  Freeland is also the lead implementing partner of "ARREST" (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking), the U.S. Government’s largest counter-wildlife trafficking program in Southeast Asia, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information, visit also; follow Freeland on twitter @FREELANDpeople or

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About ACE

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.eduor follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.