Strengthening Collaborative Security Through Community-Police Involvement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DAKAR, October 8, 2017 – The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Partners West Africa Senegal will host representatives from six countries at a conference on October 12th and 13th at the Pullman Dakar Hotel. The conference will share lessons learned on the relationship between civilian security services and local communities, with an eye towards strengthening overall security in West and North Africa. The United States Ambassador to Senegal, Tulinabo S. Mushingi will give opening remarks.

Building trust, communication and collaboration between civilian security services and the communities they serve is a key strategy for promoting public safety and security in the Sahel Region.

Also in attendance at the conference will be General Lamine Cissé, General in the Senegalese Army and Former Minister of Interior; Principal Commissioner Gandema Abdoulaye, Community Policing Director and Representative of the Minister of Security, Burkina Faso; Hon. Niamé Keita, Member of the Malian Parliament; H.E. Minister Delegate, Ms. Maizoumbou Hapsatou Djibrilla, In Charge of Decentralization in Niger; Hon. Jospeh Lengmang, Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency, and Hon. Jonathan Mawiyau, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, both from Plateau State, Nigeria.

Over the past year, USIP and partners have supported one community in each of Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia to build trust, communication and collaboration with civilian security services. Through a series of dialogues and local activities, community members addressed security problems that most impact their daily lives; including banditry, ethnic and religious tensions, road security, youth incivility and the relationship between informal self-defense groups and formal security services.

This conference is intended to solidify the network of governmental and non-governmental actors working jointly towards a stronger, more secure region, which can only be built upon more involved communities and more effective, accountable and responsive security services.

About the Justice and Security Dialogue (JSD) Program in the Sahel-Maghreb region: this approach by USIP brings together civilian security services and community actors and accompanies them in their efforts to jointly identify and solve security challenges over a period of time. JSD programs have been implemented in twelve (12) countries by USIP over the last decade; including Nepal, Iraq, Tanzania Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia.

Contact
Abbie Huff – USIP Regional Coordinator for Senegal and Mali
Tel: +221 786 056 305
Email: ahuff@usip.org