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Updated on: 4 Jan, 2012

 

HISTORY OF ILEA GABORONE

On 24 July 2000, in view of their long standing and close cooperation in law enforcement and their mutual interest in combating transnational crime, the United States and Botswana governments entered into an agreement for establishing an International Law Enforcement Academy that would provide training for middle managers from eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Following the signing of the bilateral agreement with Botswana, a strategic plan outlining steps for the implementation of ILEA Gaborone was developed.  In December 2000 the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), (then) U.S. department of the Treasury conducted a needs assessment in cooperation with Botswana and other participating southern African countries.  A curriculum development conference followed in June 2001.

The results of the assessment led to the identification of general as well as crime specific training needs.  A bimodal approach was used to develop: 1) a core curriculum that would provide broad-based training focused on regional transnational crime issues, and 2) a curriculum focused on specialized programs where a specific crime condition requires special enforcement expertise.  The first area has been titled Law Enforcement Executive Development (LEED) Program, a six-week program.  The second area is referred to as Special Programs. These programs are one, two, or three-weeks in length. 

The following law enforcement organizations, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations, are recognized for their support and assistance with the needs assessment, curriculum development, and program delivery. 

Department of Justice

Department of Treasury

Botswana Police Service

DSS Rewards For Justice       

United States Secret Service

Botswana Ministry of Health    

Institute For Security Studies

Customs & Border Protection

United States Customs Service

DSS Anti-Terrorism Assistance

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Drug Enforcement Administration

The Police Executive Research Forum

Immigration and Naturalization Service

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Diplomatic Security, Department of State

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre

Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations

Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks

United States Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services

International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State

International Criminal Investigative Training and Assistance Program (ICITAP)

The first ILEA was established in Budapest, Hungary, under the leadership of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1995.  A second ILEA, under the leadership of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was opened in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1998. ILEA Gaborone is the third ILEA opened outside the United States.  It was set up under the leadership of the U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Center (FLETC), whose parent organization is the Department of Homeland Security.  There is also an ILEA in New Mexico that serves as an advanced academy for graduates of other ILEAs. ILEA San Salvador opened in 2005 and is the fourth ILEA situated outside the U.S.

ILEA Gaborone is headed by a direct-hire Program Director, named and funded by the United States, and assisted by a deputy director also named and funded by the United States.  In addition, the Academy has a managing director and deputy managing director named and funded by the Government of Botswana. 

The ILEA programs include a core 6-week curriculum, offered approximately four times per year to criminal justice managers from the sub-Saharan African region; special programs, approximately two weeks in length; and, senior management conferences designed to disseminate vital crime control information, multilaterally, to participants who are at the policy-making levels of government in their countries. 

The Academy initially offered courses using local conference facilities while the ILEA campus was under construction.  His Excellency, President Festus Mogae, joined by the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana, the Honourable Joseph Huggins, opened the state-of-the-art campus on March 15, 2003 before an international crowd of law enforcement leaders. 

The ILEA has made considerable gains towards building capacity in law enforcement organizations throughout the Southern African Region, and beyond.  Our customers have indicated high levels of satisfaction with the training material and the quality of instructions.  Our progress was enhanced by the addition of several non-training forums designed to compliment the training and encourage dialog and cooperation at all levels within and between participating countries.  These forums include needs assessment and curriculum development conferences as well as money laundering and corruption symposia. 

The core curriculum of ILEA Gaborone will continue to follow the model developed in the successful ILEAs in Budapest,  Bangkok and San Salvador providing courses on a wide range of law enforcement skills:  counter-terrorism, forensics, basic case management, fighting organized crime, supervisory police training, police strategy, narcotics identification and evidence handling, customs interdiction, document fraud, illegal immigration, and public corruption, among others.

The Following Countries are Members of ILEA-Gaborone

     

  ANGOLA    

 

    BOTSWANA     BENIN
BURUNDI  

BURKINA FASO

 

CAMEROON
COMOROS CONGO  

DRC

 

DJIBOUTI ETHIOPIA  

GABON

 

GHANA GUINEA  

KENYA

 

LESOTHO LIBERIA  

MADAGASCAR

 

MALAWI MAURITIUS  

MOZAMBIQUE

 

NAMIBIA NIGERIA  

RWANDA

 

SENEGAL SEYCHELLES  

SIERRA LEONE

 

SOUTH AFRICA SWAZILAND  

TANZANIA

 

 

THE GAMBIA

 

TOGO UGANDA
   
   

ZAMBIA

 

 
 

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