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James R. Gale is the Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Law Enforcement’s (OLE) Special Operations Division. He works out of the Atlanta, Georgia, Regional Office but is a Headquarters employee. He oversees four OLE programs - the Branch of Training and Inspection, the Digital Evidence Recovery and Technical Support Unit, the Special Investigations Unit and the International Attaché Program – and has been with the Service for more than 22 years.
5 Questions for James
1. What inspired you to work on this issue?
Combating global wildlife trafficking has been and continues to be a priority for the Office of Law Enforcement. OLE identified it as a priority in 2005 when we developed our program’s first five-year strategic plan, and we re-emphasized its importance in our 2011-2015 plan. It is only recently that it has drawn so much international attention, thanks in large part to the Executive Order – Combating Wildlife Trafficking - signed by President Obama in July 2013. For those of us who have dedicated a majority of our careers to tackling this issue, it is exciting to see our government, and those around the world, place added emphasis on this important issue.
All four OLE programs that I oversee a play significant role in combating wildlife trafficking.
- Providing training to our foreign counterparts in conducting wildlife-focused criminal investigations,
- Providing state-of-the-art digital evidence collection and technical investigative equipment support to our agents in the field,
- Directly conducting complex, large scale criminal investigations of wildlife traffickers, and
- Providing our expertise at U.S. embassies around the world.
It’s safe to say that combating global wildlife trafficking is a top priority for OLE’s Special Operations Division.