Some 100 officers of the G5 Sahel police component trained in Chad

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At the request of the Chadian government, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized from 6 to 8 November 2018 in N'Djamena a national training activity on the police component and its role in the national, regional and international security system.

During these three days of training activity, some 100 participants benefitted from an awareness-raising session on the police component of the Joint Force that ensures judicialization of military operations and strengthen respect for human rights.

The G5 Sahel Joint Force, created in February 2017 by Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, aims to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime in the region.

Gendarmes from the provost brigade and officers from the specialized investigations unit, both constituting the police component in Chad, were the main beneficiaries of the activity, along with military officials of the Joint Force and judicial authorities from the Anti-terrorist unit.

During the training, the Police Adviser to the Joint Force, Commissioner Sidi Aly, highlighted the structure and missions of the police component. The UNODC expert and Nigerian magistrate, Abdoulaye Goubé, made a presentation about legal and cooperation aspects related to the police component.

Participants shared their field experience and addressed issues related to human rights and gender mainstreaming. They also underlined needs in terms of materials and training.

"It is no longer about going to war like we used to" recalled the G5 Sahel focal point in Chad, Mr. Enoch T. Djondang, "it is necessary to ensure a maximum of judicialization, investigations and respect for human rights ».

Over the past few months, the Permanent secretariat and G5 Sahel States have multiplied their efforts to develop and implement this Police component, with the support of UNODC and other partners. Two regional meetings were organized in Bamako and Niamey, respectively in December 2017 and April 2018 to discuss the framework and missions of the police component, and joint missions visited the five capitals between July and October 2018 in order to encourage and streamline the implementation at the national level.

Following these initiatives, the Republic of Chad signed a decree on the police component and designated nearly 80 officers. This training workshop was the first capacity building activity on the police component in the region. It will be replicated in the other four G5 Sahel States.

The police component is supported by UNODC, through funds from the Federal Republic of Germany. This support is realized in collaboration with the Permanent Secretariat of the G5 Sahel and other partners, in particular the European Union, Interpol, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

UNODC supports the police component as part of its Sahel Programme that aims to develop accessible, efficient and accountable criminal justice systems to combat illicit drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the Sahel since 2014.