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Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Country Program: Tanzania

Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
May 10, 2010


Program Goals

Tanzania is a key U.S. ally in East Africa that has maintained a stable government since independence. The 1998 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam served as a catalyst for closer economic, political, and security cooperation between the United States and the Government of Tanzania. The goal of the INL Law Enforcement Program is to improve law enforcement capabilities in Tanzania through the modernization and professionalization of law enforcement organizations.

Program Components

  • Police Assistance Program: Prior to 2008, the law enforcement development program in Tanzania flourished with limited funding. During those years, the Tanzanian Police Force (TPF) received civil disorder management training (CDM), including the development of a riot deployment strategy designed by command-level officers with the assistance of a U.S. advisor. Having institutionalized CDM training at its police academy in Masindi, the TPF trained an additional one thousand TPF members in CDM. In June 2006, INL funded a one-week CDM course for TPF personnel to review lessons learned from the 2005 election. Future INL assistance will help advance the long-term strategy of modernizing Tanzania’s law enforcement system through programs providing training, advice, and mentoring.

  • Criminal Justice Sector Reform: Future INL assistance could support a Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) to provide advice on how to strengthen Tanzania’s ability to try piracy cases, create legal arrangements between states for the transfer, prosecution, and incarceration of pirates, and develop programs aimed at the investigation and prosecution of organized criminal networks.

Funding FY 2008-2010:

  • FY 2008 - $0 (INCLE)
  • FY 2009 - $0 (INCLE)
  • FY 2010 - $450,000 (INCLE)

INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds

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