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USA Donates $500,000 of Protective Equipment to the Police Nationale Congolaise

November 15, 2011

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the professionalization of the Police Nationale Congolaise (PNC), the United States donated $500,000 of protective equipment to the force on Tuesday, November 15th.  The equipment, which includes arm, shoulder and leg pads, was presented to PNC Inspector General Charles Bisengimana by U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle at PNC headquarters in Kinshasa. The PNC has already begun to distribute the protective gear amongst those units who have previously received training by the United Nations on proper crowd control measures. 

The Government of the United States gave this protective equipment with the hope it will assist the PNC to provide the environment necessary for the exercise of democracy during current and future electoral periods.  Democratic practice requires both public security and the political space for groups to demonstrate, and maintaining the balance between the two is a difficult responsibility.  With this donation, as well as the previous provision of protective riot gear to two other UN-trained PNC battalions, the United States seeks to assist the police in that difficult work and in maintaining the environment necessary for a credible, transparent and participatory electoral process in the DRC. 

This donation also represents part of larger U.S. efforts, in partnership with the Congolese government, to improve the PNC’s capacity to investigate and respond to crimes.  Last year alone, the United States contributed over $4 million to border control, customs and policing projects. It has funded police training centers around the country and provided courses on such topics as border security and best practices for the investigation of sexual and gender-based crimes.

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the professionalization of the Police Nationale Congolaise (PNC), the United States donated $500,000 of protective equipment to the force on Tuesday, November 15th.  The equipment, which includes arm, shoulder and leg pads, was presented to PNC Inspector General Charles Bisengimana by U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle at PNC headquarters in Kinshasa. The PNC has already begun to distribute the protective gear amongst those units who have previously received training by the United Nations on proper crowd control measures. 

The Government of the United States gave this protective equipment with the hope it will assist the PNC to provide the environment necessary for the exercise of democracy during current and future electoral periods.  Democratic practice requires both public security and the political space for groups to demonstrate, and maintaining the balance between the two is a difficult responsibility.  With this donation, as well as the previous provision of protective riot gear to two other UN-trained PNC battalions, the United States seeks to assist the police in that difficult work and in maintaining the environment necessary for a credible, transparent and participatory electoral process in the DRC. 

This donation also represents part of larger U.S. efforts, in partnership with the Congolese government, to improve the PNC’s capacity to investigate and respond to crimes.  Last year alone, the United States contributed over $4 million to border control, customs and policing projects. It has funded police training centers around the country and provided courses on such topics as border security and best practices for the investigation of sexual and gender-based crimes.