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Police and Gendarmerie in Burkina Faso

burkina-faso-policeLocation: Burkina Faso

Type: Police


The police and the gendarmerie hold primary responsibility counterterrorism efforts, including border security and investigations. Border security appears to have been their highest priority in recent years.

Border security is conducted using the PISCES screening equipment. They have also focused in recent years on building new border stations, as the greatest security threat stems from outside their borders, particularly to the North. With additional funding, Burkina Faso aim to continue to set up security units along the border.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.