Training of 300 Congolese officers in Kasaï Occidental

12 nov 2012

Training of 300 Congolese officers in Kasaï Occidental

Kananga, 8 November 2012 - The second session of a six-month basic training in community policing techniques began this Tuesday, 6 November 2012 in Kananga, the provincial capital of Kasaï Occidental with 300 officers of the Congolese National Police (PNC), including 53 women.

Supported by the Police unit of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), this training is part of the Congolese national police reform.

The launching ceremony was chaired by the interim provincial governor, Muamba Kantu-Ka-Njila, in the presence of many local administrative and police authorities, as well as several officials of MONUSCO, including the Provincial Coordinator of the United Nations in Kasaï Occidental, Alain Sitchet, and Habis Al-Hawawsheh, representing MONUSCO Police Commissioner. According to the latter, the training aims to strengthen the operational capacities of the PNC in community policing. Fifteen trainers from MONUSCO Police unit were assigned to this task.

This training course is the outcome of a project funded by the Department for International Development of the British Government to upgrade the Congolese police force. The first training session was organized in 2011 and was attended by 279 PNC officers, including 31 women.

Lansana Dabo/ MONUSCO