Female detection dog team

Introducing narcotic detection dog (NDD) handler Stephanie Kabange, who is paired with Malinois Kira on project in Burkina Faso: together they are SafeLane’s first all-female canine team.

SafeLane Global is currently operating a diverse canine project for a commercial client in Burkina Faso.

It has narcotic, explosive and intruder detection dogs and handlers across multiple sites, keeping client operations and personnel safe.

On project it’s proud to employ narcotic detection dog (NDD) handler Stephanie Kabange, who is paired with Malinois Kira.  They are SafeLane’s first all-female team on a canine project, and they are setting an exceptionally high standard.

Stephanie has been qualified as a dog handler for over 10 years, originally based in her home country of DRC.  

Over the years she has worked with mine detection dogs (MDD) in DRC, and progressed from being a kennel hand to a handler with advanced training in a short space of time.

Working on SafeLane’s project in Burkina Faso has allowed her to practice her skills, advance her training and cross-skill to become a successful NDD handler.

Stephanie has been with on project in Burkina from the very beginning, and has grown in skills and confidence – these are clearly demonstrated through her exceptional bond with Kira. 

Stephanie says she considers her male teammates as brothers, and the camaraderie on project can be seen by all.

Speaking on behalf of SafeLane about her colleague Stephanie, Burkina Faso Project Executive Kelly Durnan said: “Thank you Stephanie for demonstrating so clearly that gender is by no means a limitation for achieving your goals at SafeLane.  We love the #GirlPower that you and Kira actively demonstrate every day as you keep lives safe in a largely dominated male industry.”

And commenting on Stephanie and Kira’s work on project, Frederic Fauchet, Project Manager in Burkina Faso said: “Stephanie and Kira have responded to daily training very well. Stephanie is always smiling and enjoys her work. She communicates well with Kira, who is also becoming more motivated as the days go on. As a team, their skills are constantly improving.”


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