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International Law Enforcement Academy, Gaborone
The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Gaborone is located 45 kilometers south of Gaborone,
Botswana.  The ILEA grounds and facilities are adjacent to the Botswana Police College complex.  The ILEA is a  
U.S. funded program with in-kind contributions via the Government of Botswana partnership.

The ILEA has an integrated staff of law enforcement professionals consisting of two direct hire Americans and two
Senior Managers from the Botswana Police Service.  The Senior Staff at ILEA Botswana consists of:

•Joseph Augeri, ILEA Program Director (Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, DHS)

•Maseng Mathiba, ILEA Managing Director
(A) (Senior Assistant Commissioner of the Botswana Police Service)

•Kenneth Fisk, ILEA Deputy Program Director (Diplomatic Security Service, DOS)            

There are 10 Locally Engaged Staff members (LES) assigned to the ILEA and consist of:

Information Systems Manager
Training Coordinator
Assistant Training Coordinator
Multimedia Specialist       
Finance and Administrative Supervisor
Administrative Assistant to the Director
Secretary to the U.S. Deputy Director
Administrative Clerk
2 Chauffeurs

There are 9 other professional/civil service staff members assigned from the Botswana Police Service to assist in
the operation of the ILEA.

ILEA Gaborone

On July 24, 2000 in view of their long standing and close cooperation in law enforcement and their mutual interest
in combating transnational crime, the United States and Botswana governments entered into an agreement for
establishing an international law enforcement academy that would provide training for middle managers from
eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Through strengthened international cooperation against crime, the
ILEAs' mission is to buttress democratic governance through the rule of law; enhance the functioning of free
markets through improved legislation and law enforcement; and increase social, political, and economic stability
by combating narcotics trafficking and crime.

The ILEA objectives are:

1.To support criminal justice institution-building in Africa, with an emphasis on the rule of law, democratization and
the building of law enforcement capacity.

2.To strengthen cooperation among countries in Africa to address problems of narcotics and crime.
3.To provide quality training and institution-building assistance to combat transnational crimes including terrorism,
narcotics trafficking, financial crimes,
cyber crime, document fraud, illegal firearms trafficking and migrant, smuggling.
4.To strengthen cooperation among the law enforcement communities of Botswana, the Unites States, other
African countries and elsewhere.

The establishment of an International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in South Africa was initially discussed at
the ILEA Policy Board meeting in August 1998.  Over time, the idea evolved to include other countries in Southern
Africa.  After an initial assessment of four countries, Botswana was chosen as the site for the ILEA, Africa.  The
bilateral agreement was signed July 24, 2000.  

The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Gaborone has come far in the time since the US - Botswana
bilateral agreement establishing the program was signed.  Starting in April 2001, the ILEA initially provided
training for law enforcement and criminal justice managers from countries that are members of the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) using local conference facilities while the ILEA campus was under
construction in nearby Otse.  President of Botswana, His Excellency Festus Mogae, joined by United States
Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana, Joseph Huggins, officially opened the $7.2 million state-of-the-art ILEA
campus on March 15, 2003 before an international crowd of regional law enforcement leaders.  Since inception,
the ILEA has trained over 4,500 law enforcement officials from 34 different African countries.  The ILEA has
incrementally expanded participation beyond Southern Africa by including many regions of the continent. In
September 2005 ILEA expanded again and now hosts some west and central African countries.  

The ILEA is particularly proud of its innovative partnerships in collaborating with such organizations as the
Institute for Security Studies (ISS), East and Southern African Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG),
Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC), Mauritius, USAID, and Botswana Wildlife and National Parks
(WNP).  The ILEA conducts several specialized courses including, programs targeting financial and computer
crimes, WMD, airport and land/border interdiction, fraudulent documents, passport fraud, counter-terrorism, crime
scene investigation, arms trafficking, anti-poaching priorities, money laundering, narcotics, trafficking in persons,
and policing gender based violence.  
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