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Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Country Program: Morocco

Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
May 7, 2010


Program Goals

  • To further counterterrorism and security cooperation with Morocco and continue to promote the long-standing US-Morocco relationship.

  • To support Morocco’s efforts to promote and sustain effective judicial reform.

Program Components/Accomplishments

Morocco is INL’s largest program in North Africa and one of our most effective assistance efforts. The three central components of the program are: 1) legal and criminal justice sector reform; 2) border security assistance; and 3) police assistance.

  • Legal and Criminal Justice Sector Reform: This program aims to support Morocco's efforts to reform the legal system by strengthening justice sector integrity; improving access to justice for the public but especially for youth; and increasing the capacity of Moroccan judicial institutions to apply existing legislation in the conduct of their duties. 

  • Border Security Assistance: Through training and curriculum development, this program supports the modernization of Morocco’s border enforcement operations to counter the growing threat posed by transnational criminal organizations, and develop the instructional capacity of Moroccan customs and police officials. Additional assistance is focused on helping Morocco secure its borders by developing an effective, multi-unit law enforcement plan to execute non-proliferation and anti-smuggling missions and delivering training and technical assistance to help the Moroccans develop a layered maritime security approach with a focus on enhancing Moroccan interagency cooperation. 

  • Police Assistance: This program aims to improve the ability of Moroccan security forces to collect and analyze fingerprint and DNA evidence, facilitate the ongoing collection of Morocco's Known of Suspected Terrorist (KST) related fingerprints and biometric data, and improve cooperation between the FBI, Department of State, and the Moroccan law enforcement agencies. Additional assistance aims to strengthen the forensic collection and analysis capability of Moroccan security forces, to include post-blast investigation techniques and forensic laboratory design support.

Funding FY 2005-2009

  • FY 2005 - $2,992,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2006 - $990,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2007 - $1,000,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2008 - $496,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2009 - $1,000,000 (INCLE) + $1,836,000 (1207) = $2,836,000

INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds
1207: Section 1207 of the National Defense Authorization Act

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