U.S. Embassy Launches Law Enforcement Partnership with Kingdom of Lesotho



U.S. Embassy Launches Law Enforcement Partnership with Kingdom of Lesotho

Diplomatic Security Service visit scheduled for later this year to support increased collaboration on human trafficking in Lesotho and southern Africa

MASERU, Lesotho, September 25, 2021 / APO Group / –

The U.S. Embassy in Maseru hosted a team of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct the first phase of a possible multi-year project to create the first national criminal justice center in the Kingdom of Lesotho. fingerprint database.

At the request of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service to help address some of the country’s most critical national security priorities, CJIS officers have scanned and digitized nearly 70,000 fingerprint files, some dating back years. 1960, to begin the first phase of the database system. Future activities will include an assessment of the Lesotho Forensic Laboratory, the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation and additional professional training, all with the aim of setting up a modernized digital database.

The increased collaboration between Lesotho law enforcement agencies and their US counterparts in the creation of the fingerprint database is a significant step forward in significantly advancing Lesotho’s border security priorities by providing the skills and equipment to better identify threats to Lesotho’s national security and help the country solve other violent crimes.

Last week’s FBI visit kicked off a series of skills-sharing activities focused on technological and investigative best practices as part of an expanded law enforcement partnership between the United States and the United States. Kingdom of Lesotho. A visit by the Diplomatic Security Service is scheduled for later this year to support increased collaboration on human trafficking in Lesotho and southern Africa. In early 2022, a team from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service will travel to Lesotho to train the government and law enforcement in investigative techniques.

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