Agathe Florence Lele

Senior Police Adviser
United Nations Integrated Mission in Burundi
Focus Area(s): 
Accountable Policing
Critical Tasks: 
External accountability
Integration and amalgamation
Recruitment
Interviewers: 
Arthur Boutellis
Country of Reform: 
Burundi
Town/City: 
Bujumbura
Country: 
Burundi
Date of Interview: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Abstract 
Agathe Lele comments on the originality of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Burundi, where the police unit was part of the SSR/SA unit; in most other peacekeeping missions, the police adviser responds directly to the SRSG/head of mission. One major achievement was the adoption of a new organizational chart for the Burundi National Police in September 2007, with new  commissariats to coordinate different police services at the regional level. She describes some of the mission's other programs of support: equipment and training, uniforms, communication at regional levels, databases for personnel and crimes, sensitization on gender, programs with intelligence service and general inspection.  Some of the greatest challenges, according to Lele, stemmed from a young police force that grew quickly due to the integration process, citing the vetting that would take place under the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.  Lele also addresses some of the issues related to bilateral cooperation.
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Profile: 

Agathe Florence Lele graduated from the Cameroon police academy in 1980, worked for 14 years in the intelligence unit, attended training in France in 2000 and 2005, served as a member of the Interpol executive committee from 2003 to 2006, and became the director of training in Cameroon during 2006-2007. At the time of this interview, she was the senior police adviser with the United Nations Integrated Mission in Burundi, a post that she began in June 2007.

Language: 
French
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Cameroonian
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Keywords 
U.N. policies
pre-deployment training
internal management
integration and amalgamation
Donor Relations
recruitment
vetting