Model Police Station and Community Policing Center opens in Gardo

Yesterday marked the official opening of the model police station and community policing center in Gardo. Supported by UNDP’s Rule of Law project, the model police station was a reconstruction and add on from the previous station that was built in 1932. Both centers are running completely on solar energy.

In attendance were Vice President of Puntland Abdihakim Haji Abdullahi, UNDP Country Director George Conway, UNDP Head of Office Sayed Sahibzada, Police Commissioner Abdirizak, Mayor of Gardo Abdi Said, and Karkar Governor Abdi Quran. The opening of the ceremony included many community members, including Gardo’s community of Elders who appreciated the efforts made by UNDP.

Vice President Abdullahi thanked UNDP and recognized the collaborative efforts. “I am very happy and pleased with this new police station. UNDP has always been a partner with us and we hope this will continue over the years to come. A country cannot run without a proper functioning government and this is just another step for the Puntland State of Somalia to succeed,” he added.

Country Director George Conway was excited for his first trip to Gardo, and the progress being made with UNDP projects across Puntland. “I appreciate all the positive feedback of engagement and support in the community. I want to assure you we are committed to strengthen Gardo, as well as all across Puntland. We will continue to support the Government to ensure broader livelihoods support and environmental sustainability,” he said.

Fartun Ismail Mohamed is one of the two female legal aids in the center. “I am happy that I was trained and am able to do a job that will help my city. It is an exciting one and I hope more women will be open to this opportunity. We work well with the community members here, and I am excited about the work we will be doing to better the city of Gardo,” she said.

The Model Police Station in Gardo will be used to introduce key roles, functions, and procedures needed to create an accountable and transparent rights-oriented community based police service. The stations are designed to be easy to access for the community, and foster community engagement and specialist support for women, youth and vulnerable groups. In addition to the traditional police functions, the Model Police Stations are designed and adequately equipped to prioritise special attention to critical issues including Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

UNDP recognises the importance of the establishment of a well trained and equipped police force fully engaged with local communities in the protection of civilians and promotion of local peace. Concurrent to the police initiatives, UNDP also supports initiatives aimed at empowerment of local communities to facilitate their effective engagement and support for local security enhancement and democratic policing.

For more photos of the event: Yesterday marked the official opening of the model police station and community policing center in Gardo. Supported by UNDP’s Rule of Law project, the model police station was a reconstruction and add on from the previous station that was built in 1932. Both centers are running completely on solar energy.

In attendance were Vice President of Puntland Abdihakim Haji Abdullahi, UNDP Country Director George Conway, UNDP Head of Office Sayed Sahibzada, Police Commissioner Abdirizak, Mayor of Gardo Abdi Said, and Karkar Governor Abdi Quran. The opening of the ceremony included many community members, including Gardo’s community of Elders who appreciated the efforts made by UNDP.

Vice President Abdullahi thanked UNDP and recognized the collaborative efforts. “I am very happy and pleased with this new police station. UNDP has always been a partner with us and we hope this will continue over the years to come. A country cannot run without a proper functioning government and this is just another step for the Puntland State of Somalia to succeed,” he added.

Country Director George Conway was excited for his first trip to Gardo, and the progress being made with UNDP projects across Puntland. “I appreciate all the positive feedback of engagement and support in the community. I want to assure you we are committed to strengthen Gardo, as well as all across Puntland. We will continue to support the Government to ensure broader livelihoods support and environmental sustainability,” he said.

Fartun Ismail Mohamed is one of the two female legal aids in the center. “I am happy that I was trained and am able to do a job that will help my city. It is an exciting one and I hope more women will be open to this opportunity. We work well with the community members here, and I am excited about the work we will be doing to better the city of Gardo,” she said.

The Model Police Station in Gardo will be used to introduce key roles, functions, and procedures needed to create an accountable and transparent rights-oriented community based police service. The stations are designed to be easy to access for the community, and foster community engagement and specialist support for women, youth and vulnerable groups. In addition to the traditional police functions, the Model Police Stations are designed and adequately equipped to prioritise special attention to critical issues including Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

UNDP recognises the importance of the establishment of a well trained and equipped police force fully engaged with local communities in the protection of civilians and promotion of local peace. Concurrent to the police initiatives, UNDP also supports initiatives aimed at empowerment of local communities to facilitate their effective engagement and support for local security enhancement and democratic policing.