INSTRUCTORS

Staff Instructors will vary for each MCSI workshop but will be selected from recognized experts and professionals recommended by the ICRI Committee on Coral Reef Enforcement and Natural Resource Investigation, the USFWS Office of Law Enforcement and senior MCSI staff. Targeted instructors could include:

Rick Bratt, Retired Department of Homeland Security Supervisory Special Agent. Mr. Bratt has been integral in helping to design and implement the newly formed Marine CSI trainings specifically designed for law enforcement elements and has run all three of these new trainings in the Philippines in 2015 and 2106. Bratt's 30-year career includes two decades with United States Customs where he conducted multiple successful investigations into endangered and threatened wildlife smuggling as well as a myriad of other investigations.

 

​Dave Gulko, Lead of ICRI’s Committee on Coral Reef Enforcement and Investigation, and lead MCSI instructor. As the Director of the CRCSI program, Gulko has served as the senior instructor at over 24 CRCSI trainings all over the globe and trained over 700 enforcement officers, marine resource managers, investigators, prosecutors and marine scientists from over 32 countries in all aspects of underwater forensics and investigation.

​Select instructors with a law enforcement background include sworn active duty officers currently involved in criminal investigations with the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Their experience ranges from the East to the West coast of the United States as well as Hawaii and the outlying possessions. Investigations range from migratory bird act violations, violations of the marine mammal protection act, endangered and threatened species, habitat degradation and more. Other law enforcement officers include retired U.S. Department of Justice, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, Department of Homeland Security Special Agents, U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agents and former agents of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. These instructors bring a myriad of knowledge based upon decades of experience at the local, state, national and International level. Their expertise includes a broad range of investigative experience including explosives, crime scene documentation, interviewing, note taking, report writing, courtroom testimony and more.

In addition to both active duty and retired senior law enforcement officers other staff instructors come from a wide variety of International law enforcement and natural resource management backgrounds including:

 

Senior marine enforcement officers from Australia, wildlife forensic specialists and fisheries enforcement officers from South Africa, marine eco-toxicologists from Mexico, marine park managers from Singapore as well as wildlife managers and anti-poaching experts from the African continent. These instructors have served as senior trainers at previous CRCSI or MCSI trainings around the globe.

 

Additionally, we have experts in international marine environmental law, prosecution, marine safety, veterinary forensics, and lab analysis that are incorporated into different trainings where appropriate. Each session incorporates local prosecutors and senior enforcement personnel into the curriculum to directly translate the techniques and protocols relative to local laws and procedures.

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