Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues To Visit Sub-Saharan Africa Training Academy

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 17, 2013

Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp of the Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State, will visit the Mass Crime Scene Investigations Training in Gaborone, Botswana. The two-week training, hosted by the Department of State-sponsored International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), began today and will focus on critical skill building in the area of rapid law enforcement responses to mass crimes scenes. Ambassador Rapp will visit during the final days of the training.

This training, the first of its kind to be offered in sub-Saharan Africa, includes a multinational delegation of 28 law enforcement officers from sub-Saharan Africa. Class participants are mid and senior-level law enforcement investigators from Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Rwanda. The curriculum will be administered by the Institute for International Criminal Investigations and entails classroom training and field work.

The Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partners with the Government of Botswana at ILEA Gaborone. The ILEA opened in 2001 in order to provide regional training for sub-Saharan Africa. Since its opening over 6,700 law enforcement officials from 34 countries have trained at ILEA Gaborone.

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PRN: 2013/0747