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UN, AU training for Somalia police recruits commence

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 31, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) –The UN and Africa Union (AU) on Tuesday have began giving training in Jubbaland for 200 officers of the Somali Police Force.

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Brig. General Dick Olum at the AMISOM basecamp in Mogadishu, Somalia, during a handover ceremony on September 25. (Photo AMISON)

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Africa Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said the training programme which will last for three months intends to produce new recruits trained on new policing model.

Officials said the training is critical to build the capacity of the Somali Police Force in order to help them restore stability and security as well as to maintain rule and order in the war ravaged East African nation.

The training is being conducted by AMISOM Police in partnership with the Somali Police Force and the regional Interim Jubbaland Administration (IJA).

It’s supported by the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the UK Department for International Development.

“We are happy with the stage we are at today compared to where we started. We welcome AMISOM commanders and UNPOS officials who have all played an important role in commissioning this training center where 200 Jubbaland police recruits have begun training” said IJA Minister of Internal Security, General Mohamed Farah Warsame.

“I am hoping a second batch will follow after the passing out of this first batch. And a third batch will also follow” Warsame added.

According to the statement, the new policing model contains federal and state-level components, which will be under the respective federal and state-level ministries of internal security.

The 200 Somali police recruits are the first batch of the 600 police officers selected for training.

Currently AMISOM doesn’t have a permanent Police Training Centre but said it is in the process of sourcing for funds to construct a permanent structure.

The AMISOM Police Commissioner Anand Pillay pledged continuous support from AMISOM Police during the training program.

“We are looking forward to the 200 police officers training over the next three months. Thereafter the training will be continued by our police officers and we will support them by providing the necessary mentoring so that they can become efficient and effective police officers in the region” said Pillay

In the past AMISOM has given a number of trainings to Somali police officers to boost their skills in order to perform their functions effectively.

After completing their training, the police officers were deployed in various parts of the country to protect the Somali people.

AMISOM says it will continue to train and support the Somali Police Force until there is a complete police institution where there are basic structures of command, control, supervision and accountability.

AMISOM has previously deployed skilled officers to support the Somali police force establish police institutions in the regional states.

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