INTERPOL and CITES launch new support manual for
wildlife crimes investigators
Lyon, 16 October 2008 – A guide to support law enforcement officers
investigate wildlife crimes was today launched by the Secretaries
General of INTERPOL and the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The manual, jointly produced by the two organizations, provides
guidelines on how to carry out Controlled Delivery of illegal
items in order to identify individuals connected with criminal
activity and to gather evidence against them using techniques
primarily developed in combating drugs trafficking.
“This manual represents the essence of what we strive to do everyday
at INTERPOL, which is to provide operational support to police
around the world, identify any critical gaps in the capacity of
law enforcement and devise practical solutions to address those
gaps,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
“It also underlines the co-operation between INTERPOL and CITES
and our joint efforts to raise awareness of wildlife crime and
to combat a threat which poses an often under estimated threat
to public safety and security.”
Jointly launching the guide, CITES Secretary-general Mr Willem
Wijnstekers said that it would be a useful resource for frontline
“We believe that providing this guide to law enforcement will
help bring more wildlife criminals to justice and I am delighted
to continue the close working relationship between CITES and INTERPOL.”
A controlled delivery enables law enforcement officers to monitor
shipments of contraband until they arrive at their destination
so that the individuals involved in the smuggling chain can be
identified and arrested.
The manual is being launched during INTERPOL’s 6th International
Conference on Environmental crime from 13-17 October which has
brought together more than 150 wildlife and environmental crime
specialists and law enforcement officials from 54 countries.
High on the agenda are the emerging issues on enforcing climate
change related laws such as carbon trading and emission regulation
in addition to identifying and developing initiatives and actions
to combat more traditional areas of wildlife and pollution crime.
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