UK Support to Internal Security Forces Continues: Inauguration of Model Interview Rooms and enhanced CCTV

On 15 March 2019, Ambassador Chris Rampling and the Director General of the ISF Major General Imad Osman co-chaired the quarterly Strategic Project Management Committee (SPMC), at the ISF Academy in Aramoun.

After the meeting, Ambassador Rampling and Major General Osman launched Model Interview Rooms and enhanced CCTV capability at the Model Police Station at the ISF Academy. This new facility, delivered by the British Policing Support Programme, enables improved training for police officers including on investigation of crimes through model interview rooms, and establishes methods and procedures that are compliant with international Human Rights principles.

At the SPMC, Ambassador Chris Rampling and the Director General of the ISF Major General Imad Osman, conducted a quarterly review of the British Policing Support Project (BPSP) now in its third year of implementation.

The Strategic Project Management Committee is chaired by Major General Imad Osman and Ambassador Rampling in the presence Commander of the Mobile Forces, General Fouad El Khoury; Commander of the Police of Beirut, General Mohamad Ayoubi; Commander of the Judicial Police, General Ousama Abd El Malak; Commander of the ISF Academy, General Ahmad Hajjar; Commander of the Territorial Gendarmerie, General Marwan Slailaty; Chief of Staff, General Naim Chammas. The Committee aims to ensure effective strategic governance and oversight of the UK funded project implementation.

After the meeting, Ambassador Rampling said:

‘I am delighted to have today met with Major General Osman and his team to discuss the UK’s continued support to the Internal Security Forces. Our partnership with the ISF is a critical part of the UK’s support to the Lebanese state. It was an honour therefore to launch the new Model Interview Rooms and enhanced CCTV capability here at the ISF Academy. This facility will provide training for police officers on various roles in police stations, including criminal investigations. We are supporting the ISF’s commitment to deliver training which places Human Rights standards and principles at its core in a controlled environment, with mentorship and support from highly qualified ISF trainers. I look forward to the UK partnership and cooperation with the ISF and Lebanon continuing to strengthen in the years ahead. We remain committed to our joint endeavours.’

Source: National News Agency