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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

TSI Rangers on the right course

Story courtesy of Koori Mail

Rangers in the Torres Strait have completed the Certificate IV in Government Investigations course.

The training was provided through funding received from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop a Compliance Management Unit in the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA).

The unit will support rangers in undertaking surveillance and environmental compliance activities on the islands under their care.

A ceremony was held during the annual TSRA rangers gathering on Thursday Island to mark the completion of the course.

TSRA chairperson Pedro Stephen said the qualification gives TSRA rangers academic and operational skills to undertake compliance-related activities.

"Our rangers play a critical role in protecting our region, and to strengthen the role of rangers in land and sea management is an important step forward," he said.

"While the rangers are not enforcement officers, they work closely with the relevant agencies to ensure local residents understand the regulations on a range of environment and fisheries issues."

Delivered by a team of expert compliance staff; the training program included theoretical and practical activities including surveillance, executing search warrants, interviewing techniques, offence detection, evidence collection, legislation, ranger safety, court processes and giving evidence in court.

During the workshop the rangers also participated in legislation training, which will enable them to be considered for appointment as inspectors.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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