Joint Peace Keeping Training Necessary

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The joint peacekeeping training is relevant and necessary in building regional capacity for managing peacekeeping operations including internal disturbances.

The commissioner of Botswana Police Service, Mr Keabetswe Makgophe said this at the closing ceremony for the seventh session of the multi-national peacekeeping training, co-hosted by Botswana and the French government at Botswana Police College.

He said it was imperative for the force multipliers to increase capacity by building a pool of regional trainers who would in turn conduct the in-house and re-trainer courses. Mr Makgophe also noted that a periodic review of the program should be conducted to ensure relevance and effectiveness.

However he said that the training is not the only support this country received from the French government.

“We have benefited in other critical areas such as the development of our Air Support and Crime Intelligence and Internal Affairs units, and as an organisation we remain thankful for the generous assistance,” he said.

He said considering the increasing sophistication and transnational nature of crime, strengthened law enforcement collaboration and capacity building remain key for effective policing.

Mr Makgophe urged the SADC region to take full aantage of the INTERPOL tools and share intelligence as well as conduct simultaneous operations in order to effectively tackle transnational organized crime.

Nevertheless Mr Makgophe noted that community policing and associated initiatives contribute significantly towards reducing crime in Botswana.

He said that they have managed to reduce violent and serious crimes by 15.4 per cent between 2012 and 2013.

“It is our commitment to continue reducing these crimes even further in order to ensure public safety and protection,” Mr Makgaphe said.

For her part, the French ambassador Mrs Anne-de-la Blanche said that the purpose of the training was to deliver to the squads leaders a United Nations (UN) standard framework on operational order.

She said that the training gives squad leaders an opportunity to develop leading and operational commanding abilities.

Ms Blanche said that the aim of the police units is to maintain public order and so they cannot be the first to use force. Furthermore, she said they have to wait as long as they can before using force.

The director of training senior assistant commissioner Goboletswe Dimeku said that the training does not only benefit Botswana but all the other participating members of the Southern African countries.

He also expressed his appreciation to the French government for its continued support and for equipping his team with relevant skills of crowd and riots control.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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