EXBS AND NATIVE AMERICA TRACKERS TRAIN POLISH BORDER GUARD

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations Image/June 2014

Through funding by the EXBS Program, the Shadow Wolves, part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), trained Polish border guard officers in Warsaw on how to track illegal migrants crossing Poland's eastern border, as well as other illicit activities.

The HSI Shadow Wolves are an elite tactical patrol unit of Native American trackers based on the Native American Tohono O'odham Nation in southern Arizona.

From June 9 to 13, two senior HSI Shadow Wolves instructors, who have 24 years of experience in law enforcement, conducted the training. For many years, they have tracked smugglers on the Mexico-United States border in Arizona, working as ICE tactical officers within the Tohono O'odham Nation, which includes 70 miles of the country's southwest border in Arizona.

HSI Shadow Wolves trained 12 Polish border guards, who already have experience in tracking, on instruction techniques so they can share their experience and knowledge with their colleagues.

"It was very rewarding to work with our Polish law enforcement partners," said ICE Supervisory Tactical Officer Kevin Carlos. "We provided them training and daily practical tracking exercises, and they performed exceptionally well. These face-to-face training opportunities also serve to strengthen HSI's international partnerships and will benefit law enforcement cooperation and information sharing in future investigations."

HSI's Office of International Operations enhances national security by conducting and coordinating international investigations. With agents in 67 offices in 48 countries around the world, the Office of International Operations represents ICE's broadest footprint beyond U.S. borders. HSI attaché offices work with foreign counterparts to identify and combat transnational criminal organizations before they threaten the United States.

Story and image provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, June 2014.