US CONDUCTING TRAINING COURSE ON WILDLIFE CRIME SCENE INVESTIFATION IN NAMIBIA

WINDHOEK-- The United States Embassy here, in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is conducting a Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation Course (CSI) for Namibian law enforcement officers and Ministry of Environment and Tourism officials this week.

The week-long course which ends on Friday will see the Namibian officers being trained on processing scenes and handling evidence associated with wildlife crimes.

In a speech read on his behalf, Namibia's Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, said the course would equip the officers with effective knowledge to protect the Namibia's wildlife.

"This will enable them to effectively collect evidence from the scenes and properly investigate cases to ensure successful conviction of offenders," he said.

US Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson pointed out that wildlife crime threatened Namibia's security, economic prosperity, long-standing conservation efforts, human health and the rule of law.

"Wildlife trafficking also emboldens transnational organized crime elements, facilitating trafficking in other illicit goods and providing illegal revenue to further a variety of criminal enterprises," she added.

Participants will also receive advanced CSI equipment at the end of the course to aid them in future investigations into cases of poaching.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK