The training was carried out over a duration of 6 days (3 days in each conservancy) using a mixture of lectures and practical sessions, delivered by an investigator, prosectutor and forensic scientist. The training targeted 41 trainees from the Tsavo Conservation Areas. The trainees were divided into two groups due to the expanse of the area, 20 trainees from Tsavo East National Park and 21 trainees from Tsavo West National Park. The trainees were drawn from different department i.e. Wildlife Protection Department, Tourism Department, Investigation Department Intelligence Department, Park Management and Education Department. This was necessary as they are frequently the first officers to respond to wildlife scenes of crime.
The trainees learnt a variety of skills ranging from the collection of DNA samples using the Wildlife Traxx Consultancy kits, to the drafting of charge sheets and exhibit memo forms. They understood the role forensic science plays in wildlife crime, their powers under the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 and how to testify in court.
We received very positive feedback from the trainees and it was evident from the mock crime scene practicals that the trainees had grasped the main techniques required to secure and preserve a wildlife crime scene.