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Special Mobile Force
Special Mobile Force (SMF) parading, Mauritius.jpg
The Special Mobile Force celebrating its 50th anniversary
Active 1960–
Country Mauritius
Branch Mauritius Police Force
Type Paramilitary
Role National Security & Natural Disaster Relief
Size One battlegroup
Garrison/HQ Vacoas
Motto * The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. (former motto)
* We'll Do It, What Is It
Ceremonial chief President of Mauritius

The Special Mobile Force is a paramilitary unit that serves as the main internal security force in Mauritius. As Mauritius has no dedicated military, mainly due to the cost that it would incur, the SMF forms part of the Mauritius Police Force, with its personnel on long term rotation from the police force.


The SMF was formed following the withdrawal of the British garrison on Mauritius in 1960. The primary task of the SMF when it was formed was to ensure the internal security of the country. As formed, the SMF was made up of members of the local police force and Mauritian veterans of the Second World War.


The SMF is formed as a battlegroup consisting of approximately 1,500 men led by a Commanding Officer. The majority of these men form five motorised infantry companies. In addition, there are two squadrons equipped with armoured vehicles and an engineering squadron. Although the SMF is not a military unit, it is organised along military lines, with training based on basic military doctrine. Some members of the SMF undergo commando training or "specialist" training, dependent on their skills. Although the primary role of the SMF is the internal and external security of Mauritius, it is also used in several other roles such as ceremonial guards of honour, search and rescue operations, bomb disposal, debris clearance and opening of roads after cyclones and other emergencies.

Badge and motto[edit]

The badge of the SMF is made up of a wreath of oak leaves surmounted by the national coat of arms. Within the wreath are the letters S and F, with a lightning flash between them, to symbolise the letters "SMF". Beneath the wreath is a scroll with the name "Special Mobile Force Mauritius".

The first motto of the SMF was The Difficult We Do Immediately. The Impossible Takes A Little Longer. This was then changed to the current motto We'll Do It. What Is It.


External links[edit]

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58 news items


Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:36:08 -0800

The culling will be carried out from 6 PM to 6 AM in state forests — which includes national parks, nature reserves, mountain reserves, and river reserves — in collaboration with the Police Department and the Special Mobile Force. Media reports ...

LeMatinal (Communiqué de presse) (Blog)

LeMatinal (Communiqué de presse) (Blog)
Sun, 06 Sep 2015 19:03:45 -0700

Un nouveau champ de tir et de formation de la Special Mobile Force (SMF), unité spécialisée de la force policière, est opérationnel à Midlands. La mise en opération officielle sera marquée par trois démonstrations de tir ce lundi 7 septembre. Maurice a ...

LeMatinal (Communiqué de presse) (Blog)

LeMatinal (Communiqué de presse) (Blog)
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:15:00 -0700

Incroyable ! C'est le cas de le dire après l'épisode de dimanche dernier. En effet, une voiture de la Special Mobile Focre (SMF) a terminé sa course près du quai de Port Mathurin. Cette scène a attiré l'attention des badauds qui n'ont pas tardé à s ...

Washington Post

Washington Post
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:44:06 -0700

While the culling has not yet begun, according to Vincent Florens, an associate professor of ecology at the University of Mauritius, the proposal calls for the Mauritius Special Mobile Force, the government's main security force, to carry it out by ...

Island Crisis News

Island Crisis News
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 04:03:45 -0700

The Special Mobile Force (SMF) had had to be mobilised to bring back order. Officers of the SMF were posted at the entry of Tyack, and at its end, for “stop checks” to ensure the vehicles driven to Rivière-des-Anguilles were verified. Upon ...
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:30:00 -0700

They also stated that such killing is cruel as the period chosen to kill them is when the female bats are carrying their small ones. Nevertheless, the government of Mauritius has given no indication of any change of decision. Police and the Special ...

Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola News Journal
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 08:59:48 -0800

In the country of Mauritius, an island off the southeast coast of Africa, the threat of terrorism is low, but para military Superintendent Hurrydeo Ramdany, 49, a Special Mobile Force training officer, said the NETSAFA class was a great resource for ...

Island Crisis News

Island Crisis News
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 03:53:43 -0700

Armed with their guns, officers of the Special Mobile Force (SMF) will proceed to the elimination of bats as from this week. bats. The authorities do not intend to step back even after ecologists warned against getting rid of bats. The former argue ...

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