National Police of East Timor
|National Police of East Timor
Polícia Nacional de Timor-Lestek
Coat of Arms of the National Police of East Timor
|Preceding agency||East Timor Police Servicem|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|National agency||East Timor|
|Headquarters||Dili, East Timor|
|Agency executive||Lounginhos Monteiro, Chief of Police|
The PNTL was established in May 2002 by the United Nations, before sovereignty was passed to the new state, with a mandate to provide security and maintain law and order throughout the country, and to enable the rapid development of a credible, professional and impartial police service. Recruitment drives were conducted in early 2000, and basic training commenced on 27 March 2000, under the auspices of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). On 10 August 2001, the East Timor Police Service was officially established, working alongside CivPol, the United Nations Civilian Police Force. It later changed its name to the Timor-Leste Police Service, before finally adopting its current title of the Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste.
It was not until independence, on 20 May 2002, that an agreement was signed outlining the terms and timetable for handing over of full policing duties from CivPol to the PNTL. The PNTL finally assumed responsibility for the whole country on 10 December 2003.
There are at least three special units within the PNTL: the Police Reserve Unit, formerly the Rapid Deployment Service; the Border Patrol Unit (Unidade de Patrulhamento de Fronteiras, UPF); and the Rapid Intervention Unit, or UIR, modelled after the Portuguese National Republican Guard riot police, which served in East Timor before its independence.
- Belgium: Browning Hi-Power
- Austria: Glock 19
- Germany: Heckler & Koch G36
- USA: M16 rifle
- Austria: Steyr AUG
- Belgium: FN FNC
- Germany: Heckler & Koch HK33
- Belgium: FN F2000
- E Timor police 'torture suspects' BBC - 20 April 2006
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