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Lesotho

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The Lesotho Mounted Police Service 

In terms of national policing, Lesotho is divided into three regions and each region is headed and administered by an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

As part of Lesotho’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Safety, the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) has the following mandate:

  • Prevention and detection of crime;
  • Maintenance of law and order;
  • Apprehension and prosecution of offenders;
  • Protection of life and property;
  • Administration of police services;
  • Management of information, communication and technology;
  • Provision of emergency services.

Operational Services

Criminal Investigation Services (CIS) Structure:

  • Ballistics Examination Office;
  • Child and Gender Protection Unit;
  • Commercial Counter Crime Unit;
  • Crime Intelligence Bureau;
  • Criminal Records Bureau;
  • Narcotics and Diamond Control Unit;
  • Firearms Registration Office;
  • Forensic Science Laboratory;
  • INTERPOL National Central Bureau for Lesotho;
  • Legal Affairs;
  • Stock Theft Detection Unit;
  • Fugitive Investigation Unit;
  • Special Support Unit;
  • Vehicle Theft Detection Unit;
  • General Detectives Unit;
  • Crime Statistics Unit;
  • Special Investigation Unit.

INTERPOL Maseru

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Lesotho is located at the Police headquarters in the capital city, Maseru.  It is headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police who is also the Head of the Crime Investigation Service which houses the NCB.

Structure:

  • Head of NCB (Assistant Commissioner);
  • Officer in command of NCB (Terrorism);
  • Motor vehicle crime & fugitive investigations;
  • Trafficking in human beings, fraudulent travel documents and illegal immigration;
  • Financial and high tech crime;
  • Firearms and explosives;
  • Violent crime;
  • Environmental crime and wildlife;
  • Diamonds and precious stones;
  • Drugs, counterfeit pharmaceutics and crime intelligence;
  • Stock theft. 
INTERPOL Maseru in action
29 August 2011

INTERPOL-supported training aims to curb wildlife trafficking across Southern Africa

GABORONE, Botswana – Law enforcement officers from eleven southern African countries have completed an intensive six-day training course on wildlife law enforcement organized by INTERPOL, designed by Environment Canada and primarily funded by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).The six-day workshop (22-27 August) was designed to improve gove...
29 July 2009

Counterfeit medical products seized in Lesotho INTERPOL-supported operation

MASERU, Lesotho - A police operation against counterfeit medical products in Lesotho which included both training and operational support by INTERPOL has led to the seizure of essential medicines which should be sold under medical prescription but which were found to be illegally repackaged and then sold on the streets.Operation Fiela, meaning ‘clean...