IACP Press Release - Agencies Honored for Excellence in Environmental Crimes Enforcement and Education

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2011

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Agencies Honored for Excellence in Environmental Crimes Enforcement and Education

Alexandria, VA – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) today presented The Dave Cameron Award to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. for their work to prevent environmental crimes, educate the public, and safeguard law enforcement. The award, sponsored by the IACP’s Environmental Crimes Committee, recognizes excellence in environmental crimes enforcement and education by law enforcement officers and their agencies.

The Environmental Crimes Committee also recognized the runner up—the Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Both agencies were officially recognized at the IACP’s 118th Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) received the Dave Cameron Award for their work coordinating multiple national enforcement agencies in India to prevent the poaching of tigers, elephants, leopards, sloth bears and one horned rhinoceros. The WCCB implemented a strategy of intelligence and enforcement to combat violations of the domestic wildlife laws and the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES). During 2010 they developed 44 actionable intelligence inputs, conducted 39 joint operations resulting in the dismantling of 14 organized poaching networks and arrests of 32 wildlife offenders. They used professional and scientific investigations techniques including the use of polygraph tests and Narco-analysis of offenders, combined with conventional forensic tools including ballistics and toxicology testing to gain convictions. Additionally, they trained many of their partner agencies in the use of criminal data base systems, and the identification and enforcement of wildlife laws, which prompted in 23,522 inspections that resulted in 245 CITES violations. Many of the violators received significant prison sentences and their programs have resulted in significant decreases in wildlife crime in India, especially in the area of tigers.

The Three Rivers Park District is being recognized for their Encroachment Education and Enforcement Program. The District has long battled encroachment issues on its 550 miles of boundaries and trails. In 2010 they developed a comprehensive plan to protect the parklands for future generations. The components of the program included; education, awareness, property line identification, proper signage, GIS locating, enforcement and follow-up. In 2010, 300 encroachment violations were identified and dealt with during the year, which resulted in only 34 violations at the beginning of 2011. This project has protected the sensitive areas of parklands in 6 counties and 36 communities for the long-term betterment of the environment.

The award honors David Cameron, chief of police in Jackson, Wyoming, from 1992 until his untimely death in April 2001. Through his professionalism, dedication, and personality, Dave Cameron positively affected law enforcement worldwide while serving as chairman of the IACP Environmental Crimes Committee from 1992 to 2001 and member of the IACP Executive Committee from 1992 to 2001.

For more information on the Environmental Crimes Committee go to: http://www.theiacp.org/About/Governance/Committees/EnvironmentalCrimesCommittee/tabid/406/Default.aspx.

Founded in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives with more than 21,000 members in over 100 countries.

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