US props Mozambican police

I find this hilarious. US generosity at its best: 50 bikes to patrol Maputo's streets. US consul explains: "We are committed in helping transform the Mozambican police into a better trained force, that can better sustain the democratic institutions of the country". Right.

Angola Press (02/14)

Maputo, Mozambique, 02/14 – Mozambique`s Interior Ministry and the US Embassy announced a co-operation project here Monday, aimed at strengthening police-community liaison in the southern African country.

Under the programme, US police officials will, over a 45-day period, provide training to Mozambican police personnel under an "International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Programme."

In addition to technical assistance in the area of "community policing," the project will also involve opinion polls in selected Maputo communities to determine the citizens` rating of the police and their performance.

Some 50 bicycles would also be donated to the Maputo police for patrol duties.

Deputy Interior Minister José Mandra, who inaugurated the first seminar on community policing under the project, said it marked the start of a new era at making the police more operational in crime prevention and maintenance of order.

"This is not the monopoly of the police force, but a matter of citizenship, although the police are the visible face of social control," Mandra stressed.

US Consul James Dudley, who represented the embassy, said no democracy could work without security, so "an effective and professional police force" was of vital importance.

"We are committed in helping transform the Mozambican police into a better trained force, that can better sustain the democratic institutions of the country," he added.

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One Response to “US props Mozambican police”

  1. Mark Says:

    I just discovered your blog for the first time tonight. It’s great! I lived in Mozambique a couple years ago and since returning home to the States, I’ve constantly searched for any news coming out of the country. Thanks for providing insight on some of the things going on there. What are you doing there in Mozambique?

    I often write about Mozambique and Africa in general on my blog. I would love to exchange links on our blog rolls. My site is: http://abovepopular.blogspot.com

    Maningue nice!

    Talk to you later! Tchau, pa.

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