U.S. Embassy Lomé is pleased to announce the completion of training of a second Formed Police Unit (FPU) at the Center for Peacekeeping Training (CEOMP). As part of the US’ commitment to supporting the Government of Togo’s continued participation in international peacekeeping missions, several experienced trainers came from the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), and the International Police Peacekeeping Operations Support program, (IPPOS). Over the past 8 weeks, this IPPOS team has trained over 140 Togolese personnel, who will deploy together to the UNAMID mission in Darfur, Sudan. The training follows the curriculum for UN Standardized Training Curriculum for Formed Police Units, as well as specialized training that includes basic police tactics, firearms training, public order management, security details, community policing, and specialized UN operations and police commander action.
Dana Banks, Chargé d’Affaires, addressed the FPU, saying, “You will now have the opportunity to make real and tangible contributions to the well-being of many people in Darfur. You will not only contribute to bringing peace and stability, but by your very presence and by your attitudes and behavior, you can set an example of responsible, ethical, and effective policing in a challenging environment, far from home.”
This training was the second of three planned FPU trainings. In August, 2013, Minister of Security and Civil Protection Yark and Ambassador Whitehead signed an agreement that totals U.S. government support of 1.5 Million dollars of assistance to the Togolese security forces, to include training, equipment required for training and deployment, and the refurbishment of a FPU-dedicated training facility at the CEOMP. The first FPU has already deployed to Mali in 2014.