In October 17 the Defence Academy’s (DefAc) Building Integrity UK team delivered the Building Integrity course to security sector institutions of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on the West Bank in support of the British Support Team’s enduring commitment to the Palestinian Authority.
Hot on the heels of the first Royal Visit by Prince William, this has now been followed by a second course that for the first time, saw 25% of the course delivered by instructors from the Palestinian Authority Security Forces (PASF). The PASF trainers had all attended a previous BI course in either Jordan or the UK and this was supplemented by an intensive training session run by BI UK in Jordan in February 18 in preparation for the delivery in Ramallah.
Lt Col Dave Allen, DefAc’s International Section trainer and Military Adviser to the Building Integrity UK Programme said:
‘We have been working closely with the Palestinian Authority Security Forces since February 2017 to select and train PASF instructors and it was fantastic to have them as part of the team delivering confidently and openly tackling challenging questions about controversial areas.’
The course was delivered to 33 senior members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) from the Palestinian Civil Police, Special Police Force, Presidential Guard, National Security Force, Ministry of Labour, Military Medical Services, Military and General Intelligence, Preventative Security Organisation, General Military Training Commission, Military Judicial Commission, Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Anti-Corruption Commission of Palestine. The course was opened by Major General Yousef Ali Al Hilou, Head of the General Military Training Commission on behalf of the Prime Minister representatives, and certificates presented by Mr. Rafiq Al Natsheh, Head of the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission and Major General Mohammed Mansour, Deputy Minister of the Interior with a representative of the Senior British Officer in the office of the United States Security Co-ordinator – Ramallah. Five of the delegates were female and two of the three PASF delivery team were female.
The course attracted a high level of interest in the PA with the course hosting a presentation from the Ministry of Interior and the Anti- Corruption Commission. As an authority within an occupied territory, Palestine suffers from high corruption risks and BI is considered a vital element of tackling the problems of corruption that threaten the achievement of a two state solution.
Lesley Pellett from the Building Integrity UK added:
‘Our eventual aim is to support the PASF in fully delivering its own bespoke courses to its own staff initially in partnership with BI UK, and then through general support to Palestinian delivery and we are already working towards the next iteration which will be 50% delivered by PASF Instructors’.