Corruption facilitates wildlife crime, particularly through seaports, airports, border crossings, and in customs departments and judicial systems. In addition, lack of knowledge and poor training leave gaps in law enforcement’s ability to gather evidence and build strong cases against high-level wildlife traffickers.
In addition to leading investigations, Focused Conservation concentrates efforts on vetting, training and mentoring trusted law enforcement units with a specific mandate to tackle wildlife crime. Our training specialists work with these Wildlife Crime Units to strengthen them against corruption and arm them with the skills and knowledge needed to bring wildlife traffickers to justice. While our investigations result in immediate impact, our government training is providing a sustainable and long-term solution to wildlife crime.
Focused Conservation also offers training and mentoring to partners in countries around the world. We provide a formal curriculum for training programs and hands-on mentoring support in the areas of counter wildlife trafficking investigations, tactics, intelligence and analysis, and security/risk management — building capacity and technical skills that extends far beyond formal training.