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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
Commanders
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.

History[edit]

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.

Organisation[edit]

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.

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External links[edit]


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119 news items

Le Defi Media Group

Le Defi Media Group
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:38:01 -0800

La Police Federation réclame l'évacuation des proches de Hatim Oozeer des quartiers de la Special Mobile Force (SMF) à Vacoas. Hatim Oozeer, qui a été témoin à charge dans l'affaire Gorah-Issac en sa qualité d'ex-membre de l'escadron de la mort, ...
 
Daily Express
Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:30:00 -0800

"Although we don't have an army, we have a special mobile force in place and enjoy internal peace as well. We have always been a peaceful nation. I don't think we have any enemies," she told Daily Express. Formerly a French colony, Mauritius was ...

Island Crisis News

Island Crisis News
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:38:56 -0800

The Special Mobile Force handled the dynamiting of the mountain, and the firm in charge of the Bagatelle Dam construction, China International Water and Electric Corporation (CWE), was working on the resulting contents of the quarry. The site was later ...
 
Chine.org
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:22:30 -0800

La Special Mobile Force ainsi que d'autres unités sont déployées dans le Nord et l'Est et une cinquantaine d'opérations de sauvetage avaient déjà été réalisées à la mi-journée. A Port-Louis, dans le faubourg de Chitrakoot, les habitants ont été évacués ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mongabay.com

Mongabay.com
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 ...
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