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.
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.
Click here to download the application.
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