The University of Mauritius (UoM) and the Mauritius Police Force (MPF) propose to collaborate to offer tailor-made courses in the context of the current Police Reform Programme under the National Policing Strategic Framework. A Memorandum of Understanding was thus signed on Friday 30 September 2011 in the Council & Senate Room of the University in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr T. Seerungen. A number of training programmes have been identified and for which funding has already been approved by the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Defense, Home Affairs and External Communications.
Training programmes are as follows:
1. Accreditation of Recruits Training Package’ and ‘Certificate in Police Duties’ (Top-up)- Launch in October 2011
The MPF has requested the collaboration of the UoM to professionalise their services and to make their training recognised in terms of a Certificate. Hence, after successful completion of their training at the various training schools, the Trainee Police Constables will be required to follow two additional UoM modules to be awarded a Certificate in Police Duties.
2. Development of Certificate in Leadership and Management at Operational, Tactical and Strategic Levels.
The training will be delivered through distance education mode to ensure maximum flexibility for the trainees and it aims at building capacity in terms of management and leadership skills, legal knowledge and communication.
3. Short Training Course: Information Technology for Police Officers- Launch in October 2011
This training programme aims to empower Police Officers to work comfortably with computers. All Police Stations will be linked to the Criminal Occurrence Tracking System (COTS) by the end of 2012 and therefore Officers will have to be proficient in using this database.
After identifying the training needs of the police workforce, the above programmes have been mounted by the Faculty of Law and Management, the Faculty of Engineering and the Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning. These specialised courses will hopefully help to improve the services provided by the Mauritius Police Force to the citizens of the country.