7th seventh edition of a regional peacekeeping training session [fr]
The French Ambassador and special representative to SADC, Ms. Anne de la Blache, went on Friday 28th November 2014 to the Otse Police College, near Gaborone, to attend the closing of the 7th seventh edition of a regional peacekeeping training session, organized jointly by Botswana and the French government. Officials from the Police, Defence, Diplomatic and International Organisations were invited to honour this event by their attendance.
This regional peacekeeping training session took place from the 17th until the 28th November 2014, and was supported by the French Embassy in Botswana, in partnership with the Embassies of France in South Africa and Tanzania, and with the support of the Botswana Police Service.
108 police officials from the Botswana Police Service, the South African Police Service, the Lesotho Mounted Police Service, the Royal Swaziland Police, the Tanzanian Police Force, the Malawi Police Service and the Namibian Police Force, trained altogether in the framework of peacekeeping operations (civil management of crises by police services).
The delivered training was supervised by an array of facilitators from the French Gendarmerie Nationale.
Established on UN standards, inspired by the French experience in the field of democratic crowd management, the training was based upon the staging, as close as possible, of the various actual situations met in peacekeeping deployment context. They range, inter alia, from crowd control in altered context, convoy escorting, close protection, protection of official buildings, inter-community sports event, setting up of checkpoints, to the evacuation of nationals or protection of minorities, etc.
This yearly training session, initiated by France and upgraded for seven years, is gathering every year 11 of the SADC Member States. The objective is to secure this training in order to enable this organisation to deploy its police officials effectively in the framework of the police component of its standby brigade.
All trained officials are to become trainers, fully empowering all SADC police services in terms of their capacity to effectively train, deploy and address the challenges raised by post-conflict situations in Africa, enabling them ultimately to manage civilian crises.