DFID Bring Scottish Coppers to Malawi

Thursday, 22 August, 2013

In what looks like an increasing trend, by new DFID head Justine Greening, to focus on bringing in skills and structural oversight to countries, in addition to funds, nine past and present Scottish police officers are being brought into Malawi to advise on riot and public disorder policing. This is ahead of general elections in April 2014, with the Scottish officers training malawai police in order to prevent the situation that led to 20 fatal shootings in July 2011. The UK will also provide up to £3m over 2 years (June 2013 to July 2015) to support the Malawi Police Service to improve responsiveness and accountability.Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening said:

"Security has a major role to play in Malawi’s much-needed economic recovery, and the Malawi Police Service plays a vital part in this. Ordinary people need to be confident that their police force is working in their interest.The team of Scottish officers travelling to Malawi have decades of experience in tackling public order issues in the UK and abroad. They will share their skills and expertise to enable the Malawi Police to improve its response, reputation and relationship with the local community.By ensuring a police service that is professional and accountable, the UK will help to reduce human rights violations in Malawi and save substantial amounts of money lost to crime and corruption."EndsImage courtesy of Tom Curtis/freedigitalimages.net