New uniforms increase visibility of Somali Police Force and bring greater security to communities
22 November 2017, Mogadishu. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over new police uniforms to the Somali Police Force in Mogadishu today, at a ceremony attended by UNDP Country Director, Mr. George Conway; the Deputy Minister of Internal Security of the Somali Federal Government, Mr. Abdinasir Saed Musa; Acting Commissioner of the Somali Police Force, General Mukhtar Hussein Afrah; and United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Director of Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG), Mr. Staffan Tillander.
The new police uniforms will provide increased visibility to the Somali Police Force and distinguish police personnel from other law enforcement and security officials. The uniforms will also make it easier for community members to report crime and were handed over as part of UNDP’s work under the United Nations Joint Rule of Law Programme, which works to support the Government’s effort to strengthen rule of law across the justice, correction and policing services in Somalia.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Internal Security of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mr. Abdinasir Saed Musa, highlighted the Government’s commitment to developing the police force to international standards in terms of training, ethics, and equipment. “The police are working to keep the Somali people safe. We welcome the support of the international community, in particular the United Nations,” he added.
Mr. George Conway, UNDP Country Director said: “We appreciate the partnership that’s been shown between the federal government, the police service and the United Nations in the recent months and years. Effective and professional law enforcement is a fundamental prerequisite of peace building and state building for Somalia. It’s important for the police to have a unique identity that reflects the professional aspirations of the force.”
Mr. Staffan Tillander, UNSOM Director of Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG), reiterated that the uniforms are a symbol of the presence of the Somali Police Force as a security provider in Mogadishu and across Somalia. “The goal of the United Nations is to support the Somali authorities to develop and strengthen the Somali Police Force and the emerging State Police in a manner that is affordable, acceptable, accountable and effective. The United Nations will do everything possible to support the Government in sustaining peace and prosperity in Somalia,” he said.
The United Nations Joint Programme on Rule of Law works with Government partners to strengthen justice and rule of law institutions across Somalia. The joint programme is delivered through a UN Global Focal Point mechanism which provides assistance on rule of law in post conflict and crisis situations around the world.
Doel Mukerjee, Chief Technical Advisor, UN Joint Rule of Law Programme, UNDP Somalia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keelin FitzGerald, Communications Specialist, UNDP Somalia. Email: email@example.com