Utilizing Behavioral Analysis to Prevent Cross Border Crimes

[By request webinar recording]

Protecting coastline borders presents critical security challenges for law enforcers and the broader border protection community. With around 90% of world trade transported by sea, there are plenty of opportunities to be exploited by terrorists, illegal migrants, drug and arms smugglers, human traffickers, and organized crime

In this  invite-only webinar, we will explore strategic and tactical measures to secure this complex and challenging environment. We will showcase how technology can help analyze standard and anomalous patterns in order to evaluate the risk of vessels, cargo, and the entities in charge of the vessel operations.

You will hear from experts on:

  • Practical ways to proactively control borders
  • Looking at vessels activities to uncover actionable insights
  • Going beyond the ‘here and now’ to improve situational awareness

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Who should attend?

This webinar is for government stakeholders, decision-makers, officers, analysts, and investigators involved in countering illicit activities and combating cross border crimes. 

These include government authorities, border protection agencies, customs, coast guards, and law enforcement agencies.

  • Border protection authorities
  • Customs
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Coast guards
  • Maritime authorities
  • Navies
  • Intelligence agencies
  • Defence and security departments



José Ferreira

Head of Operations

José Ferreira served previously as Criminal Investigation Coordinator at the Drug Investigation National Unit (UNCTE) of the Portuguese Judicial Police and he is the MAOC (N) Head of Operations since 2015. Mr. Ferreira brings over 20 years of experience leading operational investigations dedicated to the fight of drug trafficking by sea.

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The Maritime Analysis and Operation Centre – Narcotics (MAOC (N)) is an inter-governmental working group and task force comprising seven EU Member States: Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the UK set up to tackle maritime drug smuggling in Europe.

John Schrock

John Schrock 

Supervisory Special Agent

John Schrock is a Supervisory Special Agent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.  Since early 2018, Mr. Schrock has leveraged Windward as part of his work supporting maritime investigations as a Staff Coordinator at the Special Operations Division in Chantilly, VA.  Mr. Schrock can attribute 11 seizure events totaling 31 tons of cocaine either in part or fully to the use of Windward.


The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States.

Nick Lambert

Nick Lambert

Co-founder and Director

Nick Lambert is a master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. Globally connected, Nick is a key thought leader on Blue Economy potential and tech innovation in associated domains. 

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NLA International is a Blue Economy solutions company creating concepts and projects to provide socio-economic benefit in the marine and maritime environments. NLA International curates and incorporates leading edge technologies in the design of innovative environmental and commercial projects.

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Andrew Ryan

Maritime Operations Manager

Andrew Ryan is responsible for the Revenue Customs Maritime Unit, Customs Cutters, and National Deep Rummage Function. This role entails the national management of frontier controls in the maritime domain both routine and intelligence led. STCW qualified Ships Master, BA in Administration of Justice. Recipient of MAOC(N) Medal for Excellence.  

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The Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Revenue) is the Tax and Customs Administration for Ireland. The mission of Revenue: To serve the community by fairly and efficiently collecting taxes and duties and implementing customs controls.

Keith Ditchman

Keith Ditcham

(Acting) Director, organized crime and policing / SNR research fellow

Keith Ditcham brings over 19 years of’ experience and thematic expertise in serious and organized crime. His expertise includes counter-narcotics and associated money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption investigations, human trafficking, illegal immigration, fraud, and firearms trafficking.

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The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. Its mission is to inform, influence, and enhance public debate on a safer and more stable world. RUSI is a research-led institute, producing independent, practical, and innovative analysis to address today’s challenges. 


"Windward is an essential partner in our fight against drug smuggling and always provides the right support when needed."

Michael O'Sullivan Executive Director - MAOC (N)

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