Officers Learn Sophisticated Investigation Techniques

(18 October, 2014)

Forest and police officers from Madhya Pradesh learnt sophisticated new wildlife crime investigation techniques during a four-day training conducted by the Police Radio Training School (PRTS) and Freeland India in October 2014.

The 36 trainees, all drawn from postings around important tiger reserves, spent an intensive four days acquiring information and practicing skills focused on digital techniques, covert equipment, professional investigation and enforcement techniques, and court practices.


Trainees and trainers

Freeland’s groundbreaking training aims to equip officials with skills and experience to face tricky and potentially dangerous enforcement situations. Based on theory followed by extensive and realistic practice sessions, the course was unlike any the trainees had previously experienced and garnered excellent reviews.

Inspector General of Police, Varun Kapoor, head of the PRTS and a co-trainer at the course felt, “The course was tailor-made to the needs of the trainees and taught them important skills through innovative methods.”

The trainees –  27 police officials of Inspector and Sub-Inspector ranks, and 9 forest personnel of Range Forest Officers and Assistant Conservator of Forests ranks – got to practice hands-on sessions on surveillance, crime scene processing and cross-examination.


Trainees process a crime scene

“It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the trainees especially when they realised how interesting and realistic the modules were,” said Onkuri Majumdar, Managing Director of Freeland India. “Our mandate is the eradication of wildlife crime in the country and a key factor in achieving that goal is to have well-trained and committed enforcement personnel.”

The modules were selected on the basis of suitability for participants from Freeland’s signature DETECT course, a broad training system which equips government investigators to detect and investigate organised wildlife crime.

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