Recently, wildlife law enforcers from Palawan gained new skills on wildlife forensics and criminal investigation, thanks to an intensive training hosted by USAID, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
More than 40 participants from PCSD, the provincial government’s Bantay Palawan Task Force, field units of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Palawan, Philippine National Police-Maritime Group, and wildlife enforcement officers from local communities learned proper methods of collecting, handling and preserving various kinds of wildlife crime evidences, including forensic, genetic, digital and trace evidences.
The trainees processed a simulated wildlife crime scene, from securing evidence to conducting methodical crime scene search. Through exercises, they also learned effective techniques on investigating and interviewing witnesses and suspects, writing reports and affidavits, and presenting cases in a mock inquest proceeding.
The weeklong training was part of the U.S. government’s support for boosting competencies of Philippine partner agencies on wildlife law enforcement under the USAID Protect Wildlife project and the U.S. DOI’s International Technical Assistance Program. (PWP/ Lawrence San Diego)