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Training

2018 Wildlife Field Forensics: Advanced Training for Wildlife Crime Scene Investigators

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:16

THE TWELFTH ANNUAL SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE DOUBLE  ARROW LODGE IN SEELEY LAKE , MT 

 15-17 MAY 2018 

 Lecture and Field Training includes: • Decomposition analysis for time of death estimates • Forensic entomology basics and insect collection protocols • Wildlife human attack investigation techniques • Field firearms and ammunition examination techniques • Basics of DNA analysis and tissue collection protocols • Tire track and footwear impression evidence collection • Relevant case histories and tracking techniques (both tentative) 

 The seminar will be structured similarly to the highly acclaimed courses given in Montana each spring since 2007, as well those hosted by Denali National Park and Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Mojave National Preserve, Blue Ridge Parkway, Parks Canada/Vancouver Island University, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Federal Wildlife Officer Basic Training. The seminar includes lecture and hands on field exercises. Each attendee will receive 26-28 hours of POST certifiable credits. 

 FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Carleen Gonder ~ 406-677-7007 ~ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2018 Wildlife Investigators Covert Academy (WICA)

Monday, 18 September 2017 11:58

The 2018 Wildlife Investigators Covert Academy (WICA) will be hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division in Grand Rapids, MI 

May 14 - 22, 2018

The Wildlife Investigators Covert Academy is designed to prepare Investigators and their supervisors for assignments in covert investigations.  Instruction will include training in Legal Application, Developing Covert Identities, Realities of Undercover Work, Managing Undercover Operations, Turns in Operations, Informant Management, Wildlife Internet Crime Investigations, Surveillance Equipment, Cover Teams, Officer Survival and many other essential topics.  Officers will also receive several hours of field training experience while participating in a large variety of scenarios.

Attendance will be limited to 24 Officers. If your agency is interested in reserving positions, please fill out the attached application and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by December 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified by email with more detailed information if they are selected to attend. The cost for the Academy is $1,500.00  per Officer and  includes all meals, lodging and training materials. If selected tuition should be paid in full by March 1, 2018 in order to secure the applicant’s spot in the academy.

Enrollment priority will go to State Officers with a primary assignment in special operations or active involvement in covert investigations. This course is also beneficial for supervisors with minimal background in covert investigations.  

If you have any questions or wish to reserve spots, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a contact number where you can be reached.

Sincerely,

WICA Board

 

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What past graduates are saying about this training:

“The diversity of the courses throws your comfort zone, out the window.  If I had the opportunity, I would do it all again, start to finish.”

Brian Hanzlick, Investigator, Kansas DWP

“I realized that undercover natural resource law enforcement was greatly different than the covert enforcement I was familiar with.  I enrolled to attend the WICA training to better understand what my Detectives were challenged with and to better serve their needs.  This training not only met my needs, it exceeded my expectations.  From a supervisor’s perspective I would consider this training essential for the safety, support, understanding and wellbeing of your investigators.  Skills I learned through the WICA training experience have already been put to the test in the four months since I graduated.  A MUST training for investigators and supervisors as well”

David Shaw, Lieutenant, Michigan DNR

 

 

 

 

Wildlife Field Forensics: Advanced Training for Wildlife Crime Scene Investigators

Saturday, 23 January 2016 14:27

THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE DOUBLE ARROW LODGE IN SEELEY LAKE, MT 9-11 MAY 2017

A practical training seminar designed for state federal and tribal wildlife officers and investigators will again be presented 9-11 May 2017. The topics covered by a team of experienced field orientated presenters include: decomposition stage analysis for time of death estimates, forensic entomology basics and collection protocols, wildlife human attack investigation techniques, field firearms and ammunition examination techniques, field necropsy lecture presentation and demo, the basics of forensic DNA analysis and tissue collection protocols, tire track and footwear impression evidence collection, crime scene documentation plus evidence collection and handling (includes scene photography), relevant case histories (tentative), and location and availability of resources for forensic analysis. The seminar will be structured similarly to the highly acclaimed courses given in Montana each spring since 2007, as well those hosted by Denali National Park and Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Mojave National Preserve, Blue Ridge Parkway, Parks Canada/Vancouver Island University, and California Department of Fish and Game. The seminars include lecture and hands on field exercises, plus scenarios. Each attendee will receive 28 hours of POST certifiable credits.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:Carleen Gonder ~ 406-793-7007 ~ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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