Handover of significant capacity development support to Somali Police

May 24, 2017

Franco Sanchez, UNDP Governance and Rule of Law Programme Manager (right), officially hands over the equipment to the Deputy Minister of Internal Security of the Federal Government of Somalia, H.E. Abdinasir Said Musse (left) © UNDP Somalia/2017

With funding from the Government of Japan, the United Nations Joint Rule of Law Programme today handed over to the Somali Police and the Ministry of Internal Security essential equipment such as vehicles, furniture and solar power for 24 police stations, amounting to US$ 2.4 million. This will considerably enhance the Somali Police’s operational capacity and efficiency in responding to security threats in Banadir region and member states.

It is expected that the resources shall be  distributed based on the agreement in the New Policing Model for resource sharing between the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal member states.

The Somali Police has been provided with communications equipment VHF sets and radios to be used at police stations in Banadir, Jubaland, South West, Galmadug, Hirshabelle and Puntland which will help Somali Police achieve vital connectivity and receive information and intelligence to tackle crime.

This resource package will be transferred including the vans which are custom made, have state of the art kits with functions including blood collection, finger printing, impressions, lifting pattern prints, trace evidence collection and analyzing bullet trajectories. Also, the mobile crime investigation vans will be operated by Criminal investigation units (CID) to support Mobile Courts functional in Banadir, Jubaland, South West and Puntland.

Twenty-Four (24) police stations are being provided with Solar Power which will ensure usage of reliable clean energy thereby reducing running costs across the 24 police stations.  Twelve vehicles have been handed over to ensure that Mobile Training Teams from the police can be mobilized at both Mogadishu and the Regions as possible.

These enabling resources for the 24 targeted police stations and criminal investigation units will be accompanied by individual capacity building through police station management training, computer training courses, training on evidence collection toolkit, data collection and analysis, and police-community engagement through community policing.  The UN Joint Rule of Law Programme has supported the improvement of the Somali Police’s training system through the creation of Mobile Training Teams.

The ceremony was opened by UNDP Governance and Rule of Law Programme Manager, Franco Sanchez, who stated: “This comprehensive support shows that the police model is the way forward for Somalia and we want to continue supporting the Somali police in every way possible.”

In his speech during the event the Somali Police commissioner, General Abdihakim Dahir Saeed, stressed “The Somali Police is ready and up for securing the Somali people from evil doers and this equipment will help us even do our job better. This is a continuation of UNDP’s support to the Somali police and we will make sure to distribute it equally to the Somali Police Forces in the Federal Member States.

Mr. Christoph Buik, the UN Police Commissioner, who spoke at the event said “I’m delighted with our partner UNDP to handover huge amount of equipment to the Somali Police as part of UN Joint Rule of Law Programme to increase the visibility of the police and the security in the country.  This will be also followed up by trainings.”

The equipment was finally received by the Deputy Minister of Internal Security, H.E. Abdinasir Said Musse, who expressed This equipment will greatly enhance the operational capacity of numerous sections of the Somali Police”.

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