GIS– 21 June, 2018: Upholding law and order remains one of Government’s priorities so as to promote security across the country and to address challenges such as the drug scourge, crimes and illegal activities. Capacity-building of the Police Force is also important in this endeavour to combat crime in all its forms.
A sum of Rs 8.5 billion has been earmarked in Budget 2018-2019 for the Police Department for the recruitment of 1,000 additional police constables including 200 woman police constables; construction of five new Police Stations; setting up of a regional detention centre at Piton as well as upgrading of two existing centres; and recruitment of 38 additional prison officers.
Measures announced in the Budget pertain to the following projects:
· Rs 107 million to modernise the fleet of vehicles of the Police Department;
· Rs 88.3 million for the acquisition of Equipment, including Security and Disaster Equipment;
· Rs 4 million for the implementation of CCTV cameras in all Police stations, so that investigations are conducted in a more professional manner; and
· Rs 97.4 million for the implementation of the Mauritius Forces Training Academy.
Furthermore, the Safe City Project, announced last year is being implemented to reduce the occurrence of crime, fight drug trafficking and decrease the number of road accidents. The project comprises the installation of 4,000 intelligent surveillance cameras, 4,500 trunking smart handsets, 500 trunking vehicle radios and an Emergency Response System.
As regards financial crimes, the Working Group on the Financial Crime Commission project will submit its report soon. The Report will address all the recommendations made in the 2018 ESAAMLG Mutual Evaluation of Mauritius’s compliance with the international anti-money laundering and combating terrorist financing standards.
Combat drug trafficking
Budget 2018-2019 focuses on intensifying the combat against drug trafficking and abuse. Measures comprise:
· Acquisition of a specialised equipment to detect and sanction persons under the influence of drugs, including drivers. The Road Traffic Act and the Dangerous Drugs Act will be amended accordingly;
· Provision of financial resources to the Mauritius Revenue Authority to procure additional hand-held non-intrusive scanning devices such as Buster contraband detectors, mini z scanners, wireless fiberscopes and narcotics analysers;
· Rs 10 million for a new Synthetic Drugs Prevention Programme to sensitise students, the workforce and the community at large on the ravages of synthetic drugs;
· Rs 30 million for the Rehabilitation Programme for Alcoholics and Drug Addicts;
· Equipping the Forensic Science Laboratory with a new specialised equipment to enhance the quality and timeliness of reports to the Police on crime cases;
· Provision of Rs 25 million to ADSU for the acquisition of modern specialised technological tools and equipment in the pursuit of operations against drug traffickers and their drug networks locally, regionally and internationally; and
· Acquisition of a new Multi-Purpose Offshore Patrol Vessel by the National Coast Guard for coastal surveillance.
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