Case Studies – Identifying Need

Our key personnel have personally undertaken overseas fact findings missions to numerous affected areas, and we have drawn up response plans to meet the need.

Zimbabwe - Fact Finding and Training

The Founder of FR-UK, Tracy Alexander FKC, Director of Forensic Services, City of London Police and the Immediate Past President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, together with Jill Battley, former Head of Intelligence at New Scotland Yard have travelled to Zimbabwe wildlife sanctuaries to see firsthand the problems faced by organisations and individuals trying to combat the illegal poaching of endangered wildlife.

FR-UK staff in Zimbabwe

Examining wildlife in Zimbabwe

Similarly, other associates of FR-UK have travelled to The Philippines and to Benin where, in conjunction with ongoing training assignments, they worked closely with anti-poaching teams and wildlife preservation organisations to identify the problems they face.

FR-UK staff in Benin

Examining wildlife in Benin

The overwhelming conclusion of these fact-finding visits was that whilst the in-country organisations were very dedicated, they lacked either the experience, equipment or up to date training to correctly collect, collate and document the evidence that was available at the scenes, such as fingermark identification from various surfaces like blood-stained shipping containers, pangolin scales, horns, tusks, birds eggs and even feathers. This meant that valuable opportunities to identify organised crime group perpetrators was lost; opportunities to identify shipping routes of illegal trade were missed and the opportunities to create major disruptions in wildlife crime were lost.

Due to our research facilities and connections with Kings College London, FR-UK is well placed to train and assist with fingermark identification services. We can provide on the job mentoring to in country teams to make them more efficient at evidence collection and more successful at detection and prevention. We can collate a database of fingermark evidential findings and other identification evidential source material, so that the database can be examined for connections to illegal trading routes and organised crime groups.

The Philippines and Benin - Fact Finding and Training

Other associates of FR-UK have travelled to The Philippines and to Benin where, in conjunction with ongoing training assignments, they worked closely with anti-poaching teams and wildlife preservation organisations to identify the problems they face.

In February 2024 training was delivered by Tracy Alexander Fellow of King’s and DC Kate Harvey from the City of London Police to those in the frontline in the battle against Illegal Wildlife Trade with support from Malinlangwe Park Trust - lots of evidence types were covered that will give them some valuable skills in linking their suspects to their terrible crimes.

FR-UK staff providing training The Philippines

Fingerprint training in Benin

IWT crime scene training in The Philippines

An extensive variety of evidence types were covered that will give the attendees some valuable skills in identifying and linking wildlife poachers to their terrible crimes.

The training programme enhanced the forensic skills of all attendees and the training covered forensic strategy and new skills, including the swabbing and retrieval of items for DNA examination, which was very well received.

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