The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Updates from Ranger Akabogu at CHRI
Greetings everyone, its me (Ranger Akabogu), reporting to you live from St. Croix, Virgin Islands on how my
third week here went. This week started with some physical training with my FTO
(Ranger Rivera) for my upcoming PEB testing, then proceeded to some paperwork
documentation on IMARS. Ranger Rivera and I had to document one of his cases
that involved marijuana on IMARS.
Positive marijuana test-kit
We tested the leafy substance to confirm it
was marijuana, weighed it before and after the testing, and took pictures of the
positive test-kit for evidence documentation. Since it was my first time
testing for marijuana, Ranger Rivera allowed me to take the lead role in the testing
This week I also got the chance to
do a night vessel patrol at Buck Island Reef National Monument with Ranger
Rivera. It was a total different experience than patrolling during the day. The
navigation and visibility of the ocean was tougher. I drove the vessel to and
from the Island with the guidance of Ranger Rivera. He introduced me to the
night markers and I very much enjoyed and appreciated getting the night shift
My week ended with a wedding
ceremony at the Fort in Christiansted National Historic Site. It was yet another
good Ranger training week here in St Croix, VI. Until my next post… stay tuned!
P.S. if you plan on visiting St. Croix some day, there are no "Taxi-cabs" here in St. Croix, only