Community policing training with youth to build trust in Jubaland communities

May 4, 2017

Female youth volunteer discusses her community policing role © UNDP/Fadumo Mahamed Mumin

Kismayo's youth today completed a training on becoming active partners with police in preventing crime in their communities. Fifteen youth volunteers, including 10 women, along with representatives of Jubaland authorities, elders and religious leaders and 15 police officers learnt the basics of community policing, which will enable greater cooperation between police and community for the stability of Jubaland.

General Abdi Mahdi, Security Adviser to the President of Jubaland, General Yusuf Osman Dhumal, Chairperson of the Technical Committee of the New Policing Model and the Director General of the Ministry of Internal Security, Aden Yusuf opened this 3-day training organised by UNDP in conjunction with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), thanks to the Government of Japan.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, General Abdi Mahdi encouraged young people and police to work hand in hand for the stability and security of Jubaland. General Dhumal underlined that the community policing initiative helps bolster security in Jubaland, and that the government is strongly committed to coordinate and monitor this activity.

Building partnerships and trust between police and communities is at the heart of the new policing model in Somalia, where members of the community - following proper vetting - are trained by AMISOM Police in crime prevention and dispute resolution. Community policing was introduced in Jubaland in March 2017, following an agreement with stakeholders in Kismayo.

Participating traditional and religious leaders highlighted that effective police services are key to restore the community's confidence in the rule of law. They further encouraged youth and police to work hand in hand, in order to restore contribute to a secure and peaceful environment within the community.

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Ruth Pfleiderer, Project Management Specialist Rule of Law   

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