Cape Town Metro Police Receive U.S. Training to Combat Gangs and Drugs

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille (center left) and Consul General Teddy Taylor (center right) joined by members of their staffs.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille (center left) and Consul General Teddy Taylor (center right) joined by members of their staffs.

The City of Cape Town and the United States Government have an excellent cooperative partnership, particularly in the area of law enforcement.  As part of our shared commitment to build a safer city, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice invited eight members of the city’s Safety and Security Directorate Gang and Drug Task Team to attend an advanced drug agent course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana during January 2015.  U.S. Consul General Teddy Taylor joined Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille for the announcement at a recent event.

The ILEA training course will further develop the knowledge and skills required for a law enforcement officer to initiate and develop a counter-drug investigation and to analyse information. The course will also introduce more advanced topics such as clandestine laboratories, diversion investigations, managing undercover operations, and controlled deliveries.

The eight members of the city’s Safety and Security Directorate will be representing South Africa. There will also be representatives from Ghana, Namibia, Uganda and Botswana.

The United States Government has invested over R10 million in Cape Town’s Metro Police Department through drug enforcement training, study tours to the United States, School Resource Officer training, and FBI management training.

For more information on ILEA, visit: http://www.ileagaborone.co.bw/