Our dogs have assisted in the arrest and prosecution of hundreds of people during their respective careers and are a significant crime deterrent in this area. So successful have they been that a total of ten other conservation organisations in Kenya have adopted Bloodhounds for conservation security.
In 2012, Ol Jogi taking the lead in proactive conservation acquired three Belgian Malinois Attack Dogs. These dogs add to the security “box of tools” and are a phenomenal “weapon” in the right hands! For Ol Jogi, these dogs are trained to detect and apprehend intruders by force.
These dogs now accompany our armed units at night and can be deployed against any person(s) that pose deadly risk to either the people of Ol Jogi or its wildlife. The ‘Attack Dogs’ are fully trained in ambushes, patrolling, search and transportation of people. When deployed, they will detain any person upon whom they are instructed by considerable force and will only relinquish their hold when instructed to do so be our specially trained handlers.
Kenya Police Reserve and Training
The poachers that target wildlife and rhino in particular use a multitude of weapons; poison, arrows, spears, cable snares but their primary weapon of choice is the automatic assault rifle.
By Kenya law, the only way to hold an automatic weapon legally is by being an officer of the Kenya Police or other state-governed security agency. The only way a civilian can hold this status is by volunteering to become a Kenya Police Reservist (KPR). The Kenya Government will only issue this status after careful vetting of the applicant, training of the same and if the livelihood of that person lends itself to being a police reservist. The KPR is essentially a support service to the government police. Thereafter, that person has the powers of the police in accordance with the respective rank that they are attributed.
In 2011 Ol Jogi was granted KPR status. Twenty-four of our most accredited security officers were nominated as KPR personnel and Ol Jogi were issued with G3 assault rifles.
With this new status comes a new level of responsibility and accountability and Ol Jogi have engaged extensive training by the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Police Force as well as privately commissioned security training from those with military experience.