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The Internal Security Forces at the heart of Lebanon's stability

The Strategic Project Management Committee recognises the role of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) at the heart of Lebanon's stability.

The Strategic Project Management Committee at the ISF headquarters
The Strategic Project Management Committee at the ISF headquarters

Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreed in June 2016 for £13m, between the ISF’s Director General, UK Ambassador, and the Minister of the Interior, ambassador Shorter met with the Director General of the ISF Major General Ibrahim Basbous to discuss the British Policing Support Project (BPSP).

The Strategic Project Management Committee formed of Head of Mobile Forces General Fadi Hachem, Head of Beirut Police General Mohamad Ayoubi, Inspector General General Joseph Kallas and Head of ISF Academy General Ahmad Hajjar, aims to ensure effective strategic governance and oversight of the British Policing Support Project and the Memorandum of Understanding. The three year project seeks to help the ISF build a modern, compassionate, accountable and trusted police force that reflects people’s needs. Early projects will have a focus on policing in Beirut, Human Rights, the work of the Mobile Forces, and support the ISF’s Academy and Strategic Planning Team.

After the meeting Ambassador Shorter said:

The UK is committed to Lebanon’s stability, security and prosperity. At the heart of this must be a state capable of providing the ultimate guarantee of security. The ISF needs to be able to ensure law and order, which is the foundation of the precious coexistence found in Lebanon. It is important that the public see that the ISF don’t just support stability and security through proactive counter terrorism operations and the policing of large scale events but also through impartial, accountable, transparent policing and by building positive relationships with communities and neighbourhoods across Lebanon. Through our partnership with the ISF we seek to help ensure the people of Lebanon have the modern, effective and trusted police force that they deserve.

Published 14 December 2016