Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 June 2009

Democratic Republic of Congo / 2,500 Congolese police training




Democratic Republic of Congo / 2,500 Congolese police training


KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) June 4, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general:


Our Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) says its police advisers have begun training some 2,500 Congolese police in Kinshasa.  This is part of a UN effort to help ensure public safety during upcoming local elections.


The training programme will include courses on intelligence gathering, managing voter lines at polling stations and escorting and transporting voting material.  After their training, the Mission says, the Congolese police will deploy the officers at 143 voter registration centres in Kinshasa.


Training will also be provided next week by the UN to police officers in the Bas-Congo region.  The Mission expects to train a total of 75,000 officers nationwide in the coming weeks.  Meanwhile, the Mission says it expects revision of the voters lists to start this coming weekend.




United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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