KGALAGADI AND GHANZI DRYLANDS ECOSYSTEM PROJECT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MENT LEGAL OFFICE FACILITATES TRAINING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFCERS ON FORENSIC EVIDENCE AND INVESTIGATIONSApr 21, 2018
Kgalagadi And Ghanzi Drylands Ecosystem Project (K&GDEP) in partnership with MENT conducted training of law enforcement officers from Kgalagadi, Ghanzi and Gaborone on 16-20 April 2018 in Gantsi. The training was attended by 40 officers from Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Department of Forestry & Range Resources, Department of Tourism, Department of Environmental Affairs, Local Council-Bye Law offices, Botswana Defence Force, Botswana Police Service, Botswana Unified Revenue Services, Botswana Prisons Service, District Commissioner’s office, and representatives from the National Anti-Poaching Committee.
The training is aimed at building capacity for investigations and law enforcement particularly crime analysis, docket analysis, analysis of evidence, scene of crime management, handling of exhibits, types of evidence among others. The course was led and facilitated by Chief Instructor Dr Koboto from UNDP assisted by MENT legal Advisor Obakeng Tlhaodi. Both are legal experts with tremendous prosecution experience. Koboto has been a police investigator, prosecutor, legal advisor, Director wildlife and now Environment and Climate change expert with UNDP. Tlhaodi served as a prosecutor and is currently MENT legal advisor and both brought knowledge that was critical to close gaps that hinder the success of detection, investigation and prosecution of wildlife related cases. The training comes in the wake of the implementation of the National Antipoaching Strategy focusing at the Kgalagadi and Ghanzi districts. It is also expected that the skills acquired from this training will enhance the effectiveness of the Intelligence Diffusion Centres and Joint Operation Centres that will be piloted in the Kgalagadi and Ghanzi pilot areas.