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Cablegate: Goss Police Concede Problems, Resolve to Improve Policing

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SUBJECT: GOSS POLICE CONCEDE PROBLEMS, RESOLVE TO IMPROVE POLICING
AND JUSTICE

REF: KHARTOUM 217

1. (SBU) Summary: The Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) held a
Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS) Leadership Council Conference
in Juba on March 11 to 14 to discuss police, security and justice
issues. UN agencies, State Police Commissioners from ten States of
Southern Sudan, and Directors of the SSPS delivered their
assessments of policing in the South. The conference ended with a
number of recommendations aimed at improving security and justice in
Southern Sudan. End Summary.

2. (SBU) Conference attendees noted the need to provide improved
security to the growing numbers of citizens of Southern Sudan and
called for increased security during the census which is scheduled
to start April 15. They candidly noted the growing corruption of
GOSS leaders and stated the need to clean-up both the GOSS
government and the SSPS. They called on the UN and other
stakeholders to assist the GOSS in assessing and meeting
requirements for reforming and reorganizing the SSPS.

3. (SBU) To address the need to improve security, the conference
participants developed a number of recommendations. These included
improved police administration by rightsizing the number of police
officers, developing a code of conducts for officers, improving
communication between (and among) the ten State headquarters and the
SSPS headquarters in Juba, and creating a SSPS desk at the GOSS
Presidency to improve coordination of police and security matters.


4. (SBU) Training recommendations included the creation of a SSPS
training academy, the development of a unified training curriculum,
and the creation of cadre of 120 officers specially trained in
non-lethal means of restoring public order. Other recommendations
included the establishment of an Interpol office in Southern Sudan
as well as Gender and Child Protection Units, and the development of
specialized sections including: a Crime Statistics Office, a Crime
Database Office, a Crime Prevention Office, and a forensics
laboratory. Finally, the conference recommended the development of
a uniform code of traffic laws, special traffic courts for prompt
adjudication of traffic violations, and the creation of a Traffic
Directorate to improve patrol of the South's highways.

5. (SBU) UNMIS Justice Advisor Tim Ecklund told poloff that he was
impressed by the candid acknowledgement of problems such as official
corruption, lack of communication between jurisdictions, the need
for police to be responsive to the public's complaints on police,
and the need to right-size the police force which is bloated by
former soldiers. He said the SSPS could have ignored these basic
problems and only addressed the need to increase the numbers of
police rather than seek to improve the quality of the police force.


6. (SBU) Comment: INL is about to engage in a $32 million two-year
program in Southern Sudan to improve and reform the police, court
and penal systems. This positive USG engagement should have an
impact on the many problems outlined here, and can help the SSPS
develop into an effective and trusted police force. It is
encouraging that the GOSS and the SSPS have acknowledged the need to
address fundamental problems such as corruption and poor training.
The UN is doing its part as well; UNMIS tells us it has an
initiative to eventually more than double the number of CIVPOL
officers from 615 to 1500, which should have a dramatic impact since
these officers will be involved in training to build the capacity of
the SSPS.

FERNANDEZ

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