A hands-on wildlife crime scene investigation (CSI) Course was conducted by the government of United States at the Dar es salaam Police Academy between 5th and 8th December 2016 with the aim of providing upgraded skills to disrupt poaching of Tanzania Safari tour wildlife along with its trafficking networks across the country.
statement issued by the US Embassy based in Dar es Salaam revealed that
the training was backed by the US government via its two (2) bodies –
the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Office of Law Enforcement and United
States Agency for International Development (USAID). The beneficiaries
of the training included Tanzania Police Force, Tanzania National
and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) along with
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
participants included investigators from the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Tourism and Wildlife Management division of wildlife
responsible for ensuring the survival of wildlife species which form a
strong base for East Africa Safaris and tours in Tanzania.
The course equipped the participants with knowledge on how to approach
the wildlife crime scene, gather evidence and maintain custody chain
along with documentation.
In addition to the training, the
Government of United States donated ten (10) crime scene evidence
collection kits to the agencies that participated in the course with
each kit comprising DNA sample collection kits, camera, evidence sealing
bags, seizure evidence tags and chain of custody forms according to the
The similar course is noted to also have been conducted in destination Uganda between 28th November and 2nd December to enhance the protection of Uganda Safari
wildlife. It was developed following the 2015 wildlife trafficking
assessment which was conducted under the US Department of Interior's
International Technical Assistance Programme where the need to institute
crime scene management practices in the region of East Africa was
Tanzania is among the African countries that are battling with high levels of poaching which is threatening