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Royal Swaziland Police officers return from the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA)

June 8, 2009

MBABANE - Eight members of the Royal Swaziland Police Service recently returned from a United States Government-sponsored Law Enforcement Executive Development Program (LEED) at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana.  Participants were officers John Dlamini, Dumisani Nicholas Jele, Nichodimus Maphalala, Meshack  Ntshalintshali,  Joseph Ndlovu, Azaria  Ndzimandze, Semion  Mamba, and Vusie Masuku.

The course began April 20 and concluded May 29, 2009.  Swazi attendees spent the six weeks in a middle management training course with colleagues from Botswana, Lesotho, and Namibia.  LEED courses are taught by instructors from United States federal law enforcement agencies such as the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in conjunction with the Botswana Police Service.   Topics of instruction include Human Dignity, Community Policing, Passport Fraud, Border Control, Corruption and General Investigations. 

This training is essential in light of the expected influx of tourists into Swaziland during the 2010 World Cup competition in South Africa.  The LEED training focused on security aspects that Swaziland could encounter during the soccer event.  In addition to LEED, this year candidates from Swaziland have also attended ILEA courses in Airport Interdiction and Personnel and Facility Security.  Each of these courses has provided Swaziland with valuable expertise that will enhance professional knowledge, perpetuate the praiseworthy capabilities of Swaziland’s police forces and security services, and continue a cooperative partnership in the fight against transnational crime and terrorism.

The ILEA program was established in 2000 by the United States and Botswana governments in view of their long standing cooperation in law enforcement and their mutual interest in combating transnational crime.  ILEA Gaborone is one of three ILEA outside the United States.  Its predecessors are in Budapest, Hungary and Bangkok, Thailand.  ILEA Gabarone was set up under the leadership of the U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), whose parent organization is now the U.S. Department of Home Land Security.  Through strengthened international cooperation against crime, ILEA’s mission is to buttress democratic governance through the rule of law; enhance the functioning of free markets through improved legislation and law enforcement; and increase social, political, and economic stability by combating narcotics trafficking and crime.

The US government hopes to continue its close relationship with the RSPS to promote a strategic security partnership that sustains the cooperative relationship and mutual support between Swaziland the United States.