Rangers in community conservancies under the Northen Rangeland Trust (NRT) umbrella have benefitted from a training from the Kenya Police College on the law of evidence, criminal law, penal law, human rights, the collection of criminal intelligence, reporting of incidents, and crime scene management.
The training which took place at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, aims at enabling the rangers gain vital knowledge in the security and anti-poaching areas to suit the challenges and demands of the conservation efforts.
According to Kenya Police College Commandant King’ori Mwangi, the training programme will boost the government’s effort in combating wildlife crimes.
“Conservancy rangers are playing an integral role in complementing the government’s efforts in combating not only wildlife crime, and other cases of insecurity,” he said.
King’ori lauded conservation efforts by the rangers noting that they have played a pivotal role in reversing the recent decline of key wildlife species in the country.
“These conservancies are not only providing a public service by protecting and conserving the wildlife in the country but they are also enhancing community livelihoods. By placing communities at the centre of wildlife conservation, conservancies in Kenya are securing livelihoods while reversing wildlife decline, resulting in the protection of Kenya’s iconic wildlife for future generations, and on behalf of humanity.” Kingori said.
Lewa, Borana and NRT all expressed their gratitude for this training opportunity, and the strong demonstration of goodwill and partnership by the Kenya Police, and the National Government as a whole.
The conservancies that make up the Northern Rangelands Trust cover more than 25,000 square kilometers between them, in the areas of Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, Marsabit, Baringo, East Pokot, Tana River and Ijara.