THE official opening of the Cadet Officers course from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea held at the Matsapha Police College yesterday marked the commencement of an agreement between the two countries for the specialised training of aspirant police officers from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
30 police recruits are already in the country to start training with their local counterparts at the Police College in Matsapha.
The event was attended by Juan Micha an official from the High Commission of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea based in Pretoria, as representative for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Also present was Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula, Deputy Commissioner Operations Khisimusi Ndlovu .Deputy Commissioner Administration Sipho Dlamini, Director of Traffic & Transport Anthony Vilakati and other high ranking officials within the local police service.
Commissioner of the Royal Swaziland Police Isaac Magagula remarked that according to the agreement between the two countries, Swaziland would be conducting the year long training programme over a five year period with thirty cadet officers from Equatorial Guinea attending per year.
This, he said, was as a result of the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the two countries aimed at enabling police cadets from the Equatorial Guinea to receive training in Swaziland.
Magagula expressed pleasure as a country and police organisation, at the fact that they chose the Kingdom of Swaziland amongst all other countries to train their police cadets. He also mentioned that he was grateful to the two countries for the commitment towards the successful implementation of the programme. He informed the Police trainees that through this commitment, the programme was fully funded and sponsored by the government of Equatorial Guinea and that as part of the sponsorship each participant would receive a monthly payment.
The police gommissioner stated that the bilateral relationship between the two countries would be greatly enhanced by the training programme and will also go a long way in strengthening the two Police Organisations. He noted that both countries were members of INTERPOL which encouraged the sharing of information, skills and expertise amongst member states.
“Given the ever changing face of crime in the global village landscape, our Police Services need to collaborate more to keep abreast and ahead of the ever innovative criminals” Magagula said.