Puntland's investigators trained in forensics to address sexual and gender based violence

Apr 19, 2017

Qualified personnel to improve police's response to gender based violence © UNDP Somalia/2017

With support from the government of Japan, UN Joint Rule of Law Project, Police pillar held on 15-19 April a five day training on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) investigation and application of forensic science for eighteen CID Police Investigators as well as a Prosecutor and Judge from the High Judiciary Council. Participants came from several cities of Puntland including Bosaaso, Qardho, Galkaayo and Garowe, including representation from drought affected areas.

The training was facilitated by UNDP and led by the Ministry of Security, the technical training was also provided by UNFPA, UNSOM, as well as legal aid providers, representatives from the Attorney General’s Office, Ministry of Health and MAATO-KAAL/Garowe hospital.

The Minister of Security and DDR, Abdi Ali Hirsi thanked the donors at his remarks during the opening of the training: “I would like to thank the Japanese government for their continued support. I want to emphasize our priority in reforming the Somali police through building the professional capacity by recruiting young graduates with relevant education in forensics into the police. Hiring qualified personnel will directly improve our response to SGBV crime."

The training focused on aligning rule of law agencies’ scientific evidence and investigation procedures. Training included how the Puntland Police should handle SGBV cases within the legislative framework as well as how to interview SGBV victims and witnesses.

Mobile training team established

Additionally, in the following week in Garowe, a training of trainers was held for a Mobile Training Team composed of ten people, including three women, for the Somali Police. Specifically, trainers included law degree graduates, graduates from teachers training institutes and former and current young police officers.

Meant to build the capacity of trainers, a Mobile Training Team is being established to conduct Police Station Management Training for police station commanders to improve service delivery for the citizens at the district and police station level.

The workshop was attended by the Deputy Attorney General of Puntland, Minister of Internal Security and Puntland Police Commissioner. The Police Commissioner explained how he had made structural changes to the police stations and the training for the Police Station Commanders was required in improving the overall service delivery at police stations.

The training provided to the trainers included the Somali Police mandate, lesson planning, teaching methodologies, professional teaching standards and classroom management. The Police Station Management Training for Police Station Commanders is expected to begin in May 2017. 


Ruth Pfleiderer, Project Management Specialist Rule of Law   

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