The international law enforcement agency, Interpol has joined the Namibian government’s efforts against poaching by training members of the police’s Protective Resource Unit and environmental officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
About 20 officials are currently taking part in a seven day training course on wildlife crime at the Waterberg National Park, being conducted by experts from Interpol’s Environment Crime Programme, according to Namibian Sun on Wednesday.
Interpol’s Criminal Intelligence Officer Christian Dietrich said the aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of officials through advanced crime scene investigation, probing transnational linkages and uncovering of poaching syndicates.
There is a need to look further down the poaching chain. The training course therefore focuses on the review of specific techniques such as interview skills, taking witness statements of suspects and even note taking. It also focuses on crime scene investigation, because evidence is often inadmissible in court because of poor handling of a crime scene, Dietrich said.
He noted that poaching is a transnational problem that needed specialized skills to tackle.
We want to help by facilitating across all borders, providing additional skills to these officials and putting together a formalized and organized response to this problem (poaching). We are trying to dismantle this chain, said the Interpol official.