As the war against narcotics, terrorism and other crimes intensifies, 36 officers under the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) will this weekend graduate in Otse.
The training course conducted under the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program (LEED) covered investigations on terrorism, narcotics, immigration, firearms and other policing techniques.
Ten officers are from Botswana, seven from Ghana, six from South Africa and 13 from Zambia. The course also looked at community policing issues.
ILEA was established in 2000 by the United States and Botswana governments, in a bilateral agreement based on their mutual interest to combat transnational crime.
US embassy spokesperson Laona Segaetsho said since training began in 2001, ILEA has trained approximately 500 participants annually. The participants included law enforcement officers from over 29 sub-Saharan African countries.
He explained that instructors from over 20 different law enforcement agencies and
ILEA's objectives range from supporting institution building in the field of criminal justice in Africa with an emphasis on rule of law, democratisation, to building of law enforcement capacity.
"ILEA also supports the strengthening of cooperation among the law enforcement communities of Botswana, the United States and other African countries, he added. Among the dignitaries, US Ambassador to Botswana Stephen Nolan and some Botswana Police Service senior officials are scheduled to deliver remarks at the event.