Regional validation workshop of the training programme of the police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force


As part of its support to the G5 Sahel, the UNODC supports the Sahelian States to set up the police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force (G5S JF). The main mission of the Police Component is to ensure the judiciarization of military operations and the efficiency of the penal chain.  

Since July 2020, a technical committee - made up of experts from the G5 Sahel, the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the European Union (EU) and INTERPOL - has been meeting to design a regional training programme for the Police component. Four training modules were selected, namely

-          Knowledge of the G5 Sahel and its Joint Force,

-          Regional legal framework and respect of human rights,

-          Judiciarization of field operations,

-          Knowledge of the military environment. 

Ultimately, this training should enable the Police Component to speak one language and help achieve a common regional objective: ensuring the safety of the Sahelian populations.  

In this context, a regional technical workshop on the police component training programme took place from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 November 2020 in Niamey (Republic of Niger). The objective of this workshop was to exchange and formulate recommendations on the modules proposed by the technical committee, to be submitted for validation to the G5 Sahel. Disccusions also aimed at agreeing on the modalities for the implementation of this training programme.

The opening session of this workshop - organized in partnership between the UNODC, the G5 Sahel and the OHCHR - was honored by the presence of theExecutive Secretary of the G5 Sahel His Excellency Mr. Maman Sambo Sidikou, the Head of the European Union Delegation in Niger, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in Niger, the Chief of Staff to the Commander of the FC-G5S and the Deputy Coordinator of the OHCHR Compliance Framework Project.

The workshop benefited from the active participation of the police advisor to the Joint Force, a representative of the Legal Advisor and the involved entities with the training - namely the provost brigades and the Specialized Investigation Units.

Police Advisor presenting the final recommandations 

The workshop was organized around plenary sessions and working group sessions. Participants were divided into four groups, each corresponding to a module. Each presentation included objectives, expected results, methodology and training program. At the end of the discussions, 35 themes were validated. The 15 themes proposed by UNODC related to institutional organization, specific investigative techniques, police and judicial cooperation, fight against human trafficking, prevention of corruption and gender mainstreaming in police operations.

After two days of productive exchanges, thhe formulated recommendations were forwarded to the FC-G5 Police Advisor. The pilot training based on this program is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2021.


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