Enforcement Training

Tracking manual


This manual is intended to provide law enforcement officers, special forces operators, search and rescue teams, and national park rangers with an additional tool in learning how to track poachers, criminals and lost subjects and to gather intelligence on criminal activity. It is also intended to teach law enforcement officers and rangers the importance and existence of evidence related to both tracks and sign on and in surrounding crime scenes, especially related to anti-poaching operations. Furthermore, it is designed not only to enable them to follow, locate and apprehend suspects, but also to a secure required evidence for prosecution and especially avoiding destroying or contaminating evidence in the process.

This manual is not available online.

The photo guide is a complement to Jack Kearney’s book Tracking: A blueprint for learning how, taking tracking onto a wider range of users and with additional experiences from various terrain and climates included and should be used in conjunction with courses. A professional tracking instructor is extremely important for faster and more accurate training. It takes time to learn how to see sign.

Tracking, primarily using visual sign, but also smell (olfactory), fingertips (tactile), various signs in nature, and predictions of movements, is probably the ultimate bush skill that can be acquired. However, unlike believed by many no-vices, it is not a skill restricted to a few indigenous “supernatural” trackers, but something entirely practical that can be acquired by everyone, given the training, time and required interest to learn. As said by Jack in his first book on tracking, “Tracking is no more difficult to learn than playing the piano. However, it is not one iota easier neither”.