Freeland Trains Young Range Officers on Investigation and Law

(6 February, 2016)

Experts from Freeland India trained up to 50 young Range Officers on crime scene processing and law at the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy, Coimbatore, on 6 February 2016. The trainees, from several states, were given the special classes by Freeland as part of the Director’s initiative to ensure they were exposed to as many real life scenarios as possible. 

The class focused on safe, thorough and evidence based crime scene processing and included practical exercises by students. These were followed by a session on best courtroom practices, including a mock cross-examination. “Field level officers have a critical role in curtailing poaching, and investigation, if done in proper procedure, will lead to higher conviction rate, boosting the morale of front line staff”, said Talish Ray, Legal Advisor with Freeland India.



Classroom session in progress

The Freeland team was present at the Academy to participate in India’s first National Workshop on Capacity Building for Combating Wildlife Crime organized by TRAFFIC in partnership with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Tamil Nadu Forest Academy, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, and WWF-India, from 4th – 6th February 2016 at the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy in Coimbatore. It was attended by about a 100 forest, police and intelligence officers and personnel from border security forces from 18 states of the country.



The Freeland Team at the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy

At the workshop, Onkuri Majumdar, Managing Director of Freeland India, shared best practices and lessons learnt from ASEAN-WEN (Association of South East Asian Nations – Wildlife Enforcement Network) for its potential applications in SAWEN (South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network). Ms. Majumdar, along with Ms. Uttara Mendiratta, Director of Freeland India, also participated in panel discussions on how NGOs could honestly and competently assist enforcement efforts, as well as on the often neglected trade in non-flagship species.

On the final day of the workshop, the Freeland team jointly conducted a practical crime scene investigation exercise for all participants, leading them through different realistic wildlife crime scenarios.


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Freeland Experts setting up the mock crime scene


Participants at the practical crime scene investigation exercise along with experts from Freeland

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