In Tanzania, over 1,200 government rangers and game scouts have now been trained in tracking and anti-poaching operations, and numbers rising in close collaboration between GRID Arendal, UNODC and INTERPOL. Rangers have to pass both theoretical and practical courses and exams in order to qualify, according to an extensive INTERPOL curriculum entitled: Sign and the art of tracking: A guide to support law enforcement tracking and anti-poaching operations (see manual frontpage, AVAILABLE IN FRENCH, ENGLISH AND SWAHILI).
These rangers provide a major asset to combat poaching frontline with ability to patrol, search and locate sign and tracks after poachers, follow, predict and intercept poachers - and arrest even heavily poachers alive using effective tactics and applying high ethical standards of law enforcement.
They are also trained to gather and secure evidence at crime scenes and write reports to facilitate subsequent prosecution and handover to police. The training is done under projects approved by the Tanzanian government, now expanding to include not only the education of game scouts, but also managers, Antipoaching units (APUs) and rangers already working in the Game reserves across the country.