State Security Services
The People's Militia has existed since the beginning of
René regime. On June 10, 1977, the president called for
volunteers to register for training in the People's
which was to guard against a countercoup by James Mancham.
early 1990s, the 800-member People's Militia consisted
untrained and unfit volunteers. Its mission is to defend
country from external aggression and preserve the
June 1989, René assumed overall control of the People's
while the chief of staff is responsible for running it on
a dayto -day basis. The People's Militia is divided into five
regions (north, central, west, south Mahé, and Praslin).
Western observers consider the People's Militia a totally
The national police, which is organized along British
and commanded by a police commissioner, includes a regular
member unit and a sixty-member paramilitary mobile unit.
of the force normally are unarmed but mobile unit
equipped with modern weapons, including 7-62 SLR rifles.
operational and administrative purposes, Seychelles is
into the Central Police Division, which comprises the
North Police Division; South Police Division; and the
Digue Police Division. A senior police officer commands
these formations. Seychelles maintains a total of
police stations in all divisions. The police organization
includes headquarters, Criminal Investigation Department
Special Force (Police Mobile Unit), general duties, and
branch. A commandant manages the police training school at
Praslin. This school provides fifteen-week and refresher
courses for recruits, two-week supervisory officers'
two-week promotion courses, and four-week basic courses.
district also has field training. Most Western observers
that the national police are under strength and poorly
paid. As a
result, the police have limited military value.
René maintains a 300-man Presidential Guard for his own
protection. This unit, which includes an unknown number of
European mercenaries, possesses high-quality personnel and
Information about Seychelles defense spending is
1991 defense expenditures, which were decided by René,
to approximately US$16 million.
Data as of August 1994