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  • INTERPOL Gaborone
  • Member since :
    13 November 1980
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Botswana

BOTSWANA POLICE SERVICE

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Mission

To provide professional policing services to the Botswana people. 

Vision

To be a law enforcement agency of repute.

Core values

  • “Botho” (delivering a service characterized by humility, dignity, courtesy, empathy, kindness, consideration and respect for all people);
  • Excellence;
  • Integrity;
  • Team work.

Structure

The Botswana Police Service (BPS) is led by a Commissioner, assisted by two deputy Commissioners who oversee operational activities and support services. The Force is made up of more than 8,500 officers (2000 women and 6,500 men for a population of nearly two million; in other words, one officer for every 215 people).  

Some of the departments which make up the force include:

  • Criminal Investigation Department;
  • Forensic Science Services;
  • Criminal Intelligence Bureau;
  • Training;
  • Traffic Control;
  • Transport and Telecommunications;
  • North, South, Central and Gaborone Divisions;
  • Special Support;
  • Diamond and Narcotics Squad;
  • Serious Crime Squad;
  • Criminal Record Bureau;
  • Crime Prevention Coordination Unit.

INTERPOL Gaborone

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Botswana plays a pivotal role in helping coordinate BPS efforts in fighting cross-border crime.  Answering directly to the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, it is the exclusive platform for BPS investigations requiring international outreach and cooperation.  With a total staff of 15 officers – two seconded to the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Zimbabwe – INTERPOL Gaborone provides Botswana law enforcement with a range of support services structured around its priority crime areas. These are:

  • High-tech and cyber crimes;
  • Stolen motor vehicles;
  • Offences against persons;
  • Drug trafficking;
  • Environmental crime;
  • Theft and smuggling of minerals and precious stones;
  • Terrorism;
  • Stock theft.

The NCB’s principal duties include:

International criminal assistance:

  • Performing research and obtaining law enforcement-related documentation for Botswana law enforcement agencies;
  • Serving subpoenas on international witnesses;
  • Helping locate and identify fugitives with a view to extradition;
  • Executing requests for searches and seizures;
  • Assisting in the identification of foreign corpses;
  • Facilitating official missions to other countries by BPS officials or other Botswana law enforcement agencies.

Intelligence sharing:

  • Sharing targeted criminal intelligence with Botswana law enforcement agencies and also with the international law enforcement community through INTERPOL channels;
  • Sharing operational information and analysis on new crime trends, new methods of drug concealment and terrorism related issues;
  • Providing Botswana law enforcement agencies with access to INTERPOL’s analytical services and criminal databases;
  • Populating INTERPOL databases with information on stolen vehicles, stolen or lost travel documents, stolen administrative documents and wanted persons.

INTERPOL's secure global police communication system (I-24/7):

INTERPOL Gaborone’s has opened up INTERPOL’s I-24/7 network to Botswana’s national law enforcement, giving Botswana police agencies direct access to INTERPOL’s criminal databases.  It is planned that shortly, all Botswana borders will also be given access, thus enabling them to quickly determine if a person is a potential threat to national security.  

INTERPOL Gaborone in action
11 July 2014

Dangerous fake goods seized in INTERPOL operations across Eastern and Southern Africa

LYON, France – Baby food, cosmetics, televisions, mobile phones and toys were among goods worth USD 5.6 million seized during an INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting organized crime groups trading fake and illicit products across Eastern and Southern Africa.Operation Wipeout was conducted across seven countries – Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanz...
27 September 2013

Fakes worth more than USD 1.2 million seized in INTERPOL-led operations across Southern Africa

LYON, France – A series of raids coordinated by INTERPOL across Southern Africa targeting counterfeit and illicitly traded goods has led to the seizure of thousands of fake products and the closure of an industrial-scale plant manufacturing fake sportswear.Thousands of counterfeit products ranging from toys, chargers, shavers and cigarettes to pirated CDs...
08 August 2013

Human, drugs and arms traffickers targeted in operations across Eastern and Southern Africa

KENYA/ZIMBABWE - An operation across Eastern and Southern Africa targeting a range of cross-border crimes has resulted in the rescue of human trafficking victims, the seizure of drugs, guns and stolen vehicles and the recovery of smuggled goods including ivory and diamonds.Codenamed Usalama – which means ‘safety’ – the operation was led by the Eastern Afr...
19 June 2012

INTERPOL’s largest operation combating illegal ivory trafficking targets criminal syndicates

LYON, France – INTERPOL’s largest ever transnational operation targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory has resulted in more than 200 arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of contraband elephant ivory.The three-month long Operation Worthy, which involved 14 countries across Eastern, Southern and Western Africa also r...
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...
18 February 2011

Pan-African INTERPOL meeting sets course for united action against transnational crime

GABORONE, Botswana – Top law enforcement officials from across Africa have closed INTERPOL’s 21st African Regional Conference by backing a series of measures to boost security across the region and beyond through enhanced co-operation and capacity building.  The international law enforcement gathering endorsed greater concerted regional actions via...
16 February 2011

INTERPOL African conference to boost regional action against transnational crime

GABORONE, Botswana – INTERPOL’s 21st African Regional Conference which opened today will review security priorities for Africa and seek to boost the region’s operations against transnational crime through greater law enforcement co-operation between countries in the region and beyond.With human and drug trafficking, maritime piracy, terrorism, counterfeit...
18 May 2010

Illegal ivory and rhino horn trade target of INTERPOL co-ordinated operation across southern Africa

A transnational operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting wildlife crime across southern Africa has resulted in the location and closure of an illegal ivory factory, the seizure of nearly 400 kilos of ivory and rhino horn with a market value of more than one million dollars, as well as the arrest of 41 people.The two-day operation (13-14 May), codename...
17 March 2010

Botswana and Poland win INTERPOL award for combating environmental crime

DOHA, Qatar – The INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme has presented wildlife crime law enforcement representatives from Botswana and Poland with the INTERPOL Ecomessage Award for their outstanding efforts in combating international wildlife crime.The EUR 20,000 award is funded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and is presented to the...

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Age today: 31 years old
Nationality: Botswana

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Age today: 44 years old
Nationality: Botswana

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MODIRINYANA
Age today: 26 years old
Nationality: Botswana

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RUTH GOFAONE
Age today: 34 years old
Nationality: Botswana

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