𝑪𝒉𝒂 𝒂𝒎, 𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 – PCSDS EZMED Ms. Aiza Arangorin is currently participating in the Wildlife Trafficking Investigators Program, a comprehensive training initiative held at the Joint Tactical Training Center in Cha am, Thailand. The program, spanning from July 31 to August 11, 2023, aims to equip law enforcement officials with advanced skills and knowledge in combating the global menace of wildlife trafficking.
The two-week curriculum provides participants with a holistic understanding of diverse wildlife trafficking investigative subjects, further reinforced through practical field exercises. The extensive coursework covers an array of critical topics, including endangered species law, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) wildlife trade data analysis, wildlife identification techniques, case initiation and management strategies, digital evidence handling, surveillance methodologies, covert operations planning, money laundering detection, effective interviewing techniques, ethics and corruption prevention, raid planning and execution, comprehensive report writing, and meticulous court preparation.
One of the notable highlights of the program is its emphasis on fostering interaction between experienced instructors and enthusiastic class participants from seven countries (Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam). The collaborative environment encourages the exchange of invaluable information and techniques, drawing from the expertise of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in combating wildlife trafficking through innovative investigative approaches. Participants are also granted hands-on experience with specialized field equipment utilized in wildlife investigations, further enhancing their practical skills.
Ms. Arangorin’s participation in the Wildlife Trafficking Investigators Program underscores the dedication of PCSDS EZMED and its staff to effectively combat wildlife trafficking, protect endangered species, and preserve the world’s biodiversity. As the program continues to enrich the knowledge and skills of its participants, the joint effort to eradicate wildlife trafficking gains renewed momentum on the international stage