Category: Law Enforcement

Canine Evidence
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Admissibility of Canine Evidence in Wildlife Crime Cases

Introduction Canine evidence is an important subject because law enforcement agencies are increasingly using working dogs in wildlife law enforcement.  Law enforcement agencies use dogs…

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Intelligence
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Converting Intelligence into Evidence

Points of Departure between Intelligence and Evidence Intelligence and evidence are very closely related.  They sometimes overlap. However, there are some points of departure between…

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Featured Publication, October 2019

KILLING FOR PROFIT: EXPOSING THE ILLEGAL RHINO HORN TRADE, Julian Rademeyer (Zebra Press, 2012) Rhino horn is worth more than cocaine, heroin or even gold…

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Challenges in Wildlife Crime Investigations

(a) Vast Terrain One key challenge is the vast terrain. The jurisdiction in protected areas is very wide and quick response to crime scenes is…

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Forensic Science and its Role in Wildlife Crime Investigations

What is Forensic Evidence? This is evidence obtained by use of scientific methods and relied upon in a court of law. Forensic evidence can be…

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Managing Physical Evidence

Preservation and Handling of Physical Evidence The preservation and handling of physical evidence will depend on: The state of the evidence e.g. liquid, solid, latent,…

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Collection of Evidence in a Wildlife Crime Scene

Observation Before collecting evidence in a wildlife crime scene, use observation techniques from a vantage point to make decisions on how you will process the…

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Featured Publication, August 2019

The Extinction Market explores the causes, means, and consequences of poaching and wildlife trafficking, with a view to finding ways of suppressing them.

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Processing a Crime Scene

First Action Processing a crime scene is a scientific process which requires a professional approach. Investigating a wildlife crime scene is needs to be done…

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Introduction to Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation

A scene of crime is a spot, area or surrounding where an act which resulted into a crime took place. A crime scene is visited with a view to investigating a criminal act. The key principle of crime scene management is Locard’s Exchange Principle which states that every contact leaves a trace.

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