OTTAWA, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's
Minister of the Environment, announced today the signature of an
agreement with the International Criminal Police Organization
(INTERPOL) to assist with capacity building of wildlife law enforcement
around the world. Under the agreement, Environment Canada is sharing
customized wildlife officer training courses with INTERPOL on the
illegal trade in endangered species with a focus on Africa.
"The illegal trade in endangered species is a worldwide problem," said
Minister Kent. "By sharing Canadian expertise with INTERPOL, we help
keep important species like rhinoceroses and elephants alive in their
range states, which prevents ivory and other products from being
smuggled to market countries."
Environment Canada developed training for INTERPOL that includes: law
enforcement theory, human rights, inspections, search and seizure,
investigations and prosecutions as well as intelligence gathering. It
begins with a pre-course study package followed by an intense six day
in-class program and culminates with the integration of the
participants into a real investigation.
A pilot training course was first delivered to officers from eleven
African countries in Gaborone, Botswana in 2011. Today's agreement
enables Environment Canada to provide English and French versions of
the training courses for INTERPOL, which will help build law
enforcement capacity in Africa and elsewhere.
Environment Canada is responsible for applying federal laws that protect
endangered species, migratory birds and their habitats. INTERPOL,
headquartered in Lyon, France, is comprised of 190 member countries
working together to prevent and fight crime worldwide.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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