Names of Directors of the Djiboutian National Police Force (1979-1998) and the names of the Directors of the general administration (1979-1998), their clan affiliation, the length of their terms and the circumstances surrounding their nomination [DJI30429.E]

None of the names of the Directors of the National Police and of the Directors of the Administrations could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

The following might be of interest. According to The Indian Ocean Newsletter,

The government Bill creating the Force Nationale de Police (FNP), a new police force which the cabinet recently endorsed (ION No. 655), places the force under the authority of the head of state Hassan Gouled and under the orders of interior minister Idriss Harbi Farah. The corps of uniformed police officers will group services such as administrative, intelligence, CID, civil protection, and prison surveillance, and will be commanded by a general staff officer named by presidential decree. Members of the present Force Nationale de Securite will be integrated in the FNP "without prior special conditions" and with their existing rank and seniority. A special commission will be responsible for integrating police officers of the present national police force in FNP. Two additional police services will be attached directly under FNP command: the inspectorate general, and the special brigade (a group of "highly trained men with special modern equipment" which will be able to come into action in case of aggression "against any strategically vital point in the nation").The Bill stresses the duties of future FNP officers: Article 15 lays down that police officers must adopt "a courteous attitude" towards members of the public although it does not exclude "firmness when circumstances demand". Officers must in future "salute all persons who speak to them or to whom they themselves speak", they must observe "total respectfulness" towards all persons "regardless of their nationality or origins, their social position or personal convictions", and must make themselves respected by members of the public in critical moments "by their calmness and sang-froid". Alcohol and kat will be forbidden whilst on duty, as will "any lucrative external activities or interests, either directly or through another person or persons" which might compromise their complete independence. Even when off duty, the police officers will be required to display "exemplary behaviour" (28 Jan. 1995).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


The Indian Ocean Newsletter. 28 January 1995. No. 656. "Djibouti: Courtesy Cops."

Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential.

Afrique Contemporaire.

The Horn of Africa Bulletin.

Africa Research Bulletin.

The Indian Ocean Newsletter.

Africa Today.

West Africa.

Resource Centre File: Djibouti

Electronic Sources: Internet, LEXIS/NEXIS, WNC