Remarks for Tulinabo Mushingi
U.S. Ambassador to Senegal
National Police Academy Equipment Handover Talking Points
December 20, 2017 at 1630
Mr. Inspector General of the National Police
Mr. Director of the Police Academy
Police Officers and Agents
I am happy to be here today with the Inspector General of Police, Oumar Mal to preside over this donation of critical, non-lethal law enforcement equipment and materiel to the National Police of Senegal.
We count on Senegal as a crucial partner in the region, and the police as a vital bulwark to the multitude of threats and challenges we face.
Terrorism remains a scourge that we must continue to fight, and this donation of equipment such as computers, projectors, night-vision goggles, crime scene kits, and protective equipment will provide additional support to bolster the national police’s mission.
Recently, the Embassy’s Regional Security Office and the Department of State’s Bureau of Anti-Terrorism Assistance wrapped up a training module based on the protection of Soft Targets for the Senegalese Law Enforcement community and first responders involved in the CICO.
Altogether, approximately 110 personnel have benefitted from these recent training events for a significant engagement between our countries.
Today on behalf of the United States of America, I’m proud to be able to contribute to this partnership with our Senegalese friends via this donation worth nearly a half billion franc CFA. (439,000,000 CFA or $739,000)
To paraphrase President Macky Sall from the Forum for Peace and Security, the need for “integrated solutions” across the region was emphasized. Training and equipment are at the heart of this integrated solution and we are happy to provide this protective and didactic gear to the government of Senegal to seek these integrated solutions.
To this end, we are glad to bolster the police officers and especially all the first responders who we depend upon to act in the event of troubles or a deliberate attack.
To our friends in the National Police and other Senegalese security services: thank you for your assistance. We hope this equipment will help you with your mission.
Thank you all for your attention.