Law Enforcement

Majete
Effective law enforcement has resulted in a decrease in poaching. © Morgan Trimble
Effective law enforcement has resulted in a decrease in poaching.

The number of poaching incidents in the reserve has declined year on year, which can be attributed to a more effective community outreach programme, an increase in the use of informants and the responsiveness of law enforcement personnel to poaching reports.

Approach

The primary tool in the fight against poaching is well-equipped, well-motived and well-trained boots on the ground, along with an established informer network providing reliable and actionable intelligence.

This approach is proving to be more than sufficient in terms of deflecting and deterring the threat of poaching.

Positive Results

Even though Majete is a relatively small reserve, it is still a vast area to patrol, which is why community engagement plays such a significant role in law enforcement, particularly regarding providing tip-offs and intelligence.

By ensuring staff are equipped with all the necessary technology—from GPS units and radios to the latest software for planning and capturing important field data—the level of poaching in the reserve has been greatly reduced.