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SAPS to Gain Security Insights from Previous FIFA World Cup Hosts Print

BuaNews (Tshwane) March 5, 2007 - By Thapelo Sakoana

The 2010 FIFA World Cup comes at an opportune time for South Africa to learn best police practice from nations who have successfully hosted soccer world cup tournaments.

This is National Police Commissioner and Interpol President Jackie Selebi's sentiment, ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup spectacle to be hosted by South Africa.

"It would be interesting to know what happened in Korea, Japan, Brazil and Germany during their time. In Germany, there has been police from other countries during the world cup and it can't be different here in South Africa," he told reporters Monday, after opening the 16th Interpol Symposium for Heads of Police Training.

The symposium ends on Wednesday in Kempton Park.

Interpol, which has 106 member states, will play a central role in assisting to co-ordinate training for South African Police Service members ahead of 2010, said Mr Selebi.

In addition, the world body would co-ordinate the deployment and presence of police forces from other countries for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The commissioner said his tenure as President of Interpol continued to be beneficial for SAPS as it had afforded him the opportunity to learn good policing practice from other countries across the world.

Similarly, the symposium would go a long way towards fostering co-operation among police officers of the world, he said.

"All of you will use these three days to get insight and learn from one another to build an international learning community in policing."

Secretary-General of Interpol, Ronald Noble said the SAPS were known worldwide for its effectiveness in policing.

The SAPS, he said, were asked to assist in the training of police in the Caribbean, which hosted the Cricket World Cup this month in the West Indies.

This, he explained, was done due to South Africa's good record in hosting successful events.

The country previously hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995, which attracted millions of spectators and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2001, among other big events.

"South Africa sent the SAPS Divisional Commissioner for Training, Garry Kruiser to the Caribbean countries that will be hosting the Cricket World Cup to train them about the intricacies of securing the event, and they were impressed by his knowledge," said Mr Noble.

Mr Noble said national police forces in different countries needed to focus beyond borders to fight international terrorism.

Interpol, he said, has developed a global training strategy and would establish a training office to co-ordinate the training of police officers around the world.

"We need to continuously assess and reassess the challenges facing policing. This needs all the police, including the frontline staff, to have a deep understanding of international policing," he said.

"We must prepare the police officers for the evolving challenges in global policing".

With policing being regarded as a dangerous, Mr Noble said it was important for the police organisations to train officials adequately and help them create safer communities.

The symposium is co-hosted by Interpol and the South African Police Service (SAPS) under the theme "Building an International Learning Community for Policing".

Some of the issues to be discussed include measures to improve international co-operation in police training in a bid to assist countries with limited resources.

The heads of training are also expected to discuss the use of e-learning and multi-media in police training while sharing best practices on this aspect.

The meeting is also scheduled to discuss the transformation of police monitoring missions in new democracies, post war and developing countries.
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