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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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Le Defi Media Group
Tue, 19 May 2015 02:00:00 -0700

De fait, j'ai contacté la police et la Special Mobile Force pour capturer ces singes vagabonds », a-t-il dit. Au courant de la même journée de jeudi, la direction de l'école Le Petit Poucet nous a informés que les autorités avaient pu capturer les ...
 
PreventionWeb (press release)
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:33:51 -0800

The Minister of Environment, National Emergency Centre and Beach Authority, Mr Raj Dayal, announced a series of proactive measures to mitigate the effects and consequences of natural disasters at a meeting with stakeholders of the National Disaster ...

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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 ...

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The Guardian
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:50:43 -0700

Air force chief announces plans for new air base in Belarus, as well as expansion of existing facilities in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. The Moscow Times reports. A Russian Air Force Beriev A-50 early warning aircraft flies with fighter jets over. A Beriev ...

Island Crisis News

Island Crisis News
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:02:43 -0800

The police together with the Special Mobile Force (SMF) have been mobilised for the purpose of the new measures. In fact, representatives from both – the Commissioner of Police, Dhun Iswur Rampersad and the commander of the SMF, Kemraj Servansingh ...

Island Crisis News

Island Crisis News
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:52:30 -0700

What happened to little Eleana Gentil? Ever since the news of her disappearance was made known, the theories to explain how she slipped away from a family gathering without leaving a trace behind have been multiplying. Some believe she might have run ...

Island Crisis News

Island Crisis News
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:38:37 -0800

The operation already began as from yesterday itself at around 21h00 when officers of the Special Mobile Force (SMF) under the supervision of ACP Ramcharan started pulling down the green room of the VoH. The green room (which is a tent that was built ...

Island Crisis News

Island Crisis News
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:14:36 -0800

A number of security measures to lead towards the much-awaited day of the general elections have been taken today, 8th of December. Police officers and members of the Special Mobile Force (SMF) have been summoned to supervise the transfer of the urns ...
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