Lead Investigator at the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP)
In July of this year, there were four rhinos poached in the same rhino habitat/protected area. The DWNP and Police investigators had no leads and no suspects. An anti-poaching agent who is also a graduate of multiple ILEA programs traveled to the area with some of his officers, including an intelligence officer. The intelligence officer identified some names of people that had been suspected in previous elephant poaching cases and, without any other leads or options, they set out to interview each of these individuals just to see if there was anything they might learn from them about other people involved in poaching. The ILEA Alum reports that he used the interview skills he learned from the FWS special agents at the ILEA add-on course to identify behaviors and answers in one person interviewed that made him a more likely suspect. He also employed the interrogation techniques he learned in the course to obtain a full written confession with corroborating details. The suspect admitted to providing transportation for the poachers and identified the names of the individuals who actually did the shooting. As a result of the techniques he learned during the ILEA course, the lead agent and his team were able to make three arrests.