The Civilian Police project is active in all regions of Somalia. With its law enforcement work, UNDP aims towards an efficient, effective, professional civilian police service that meets the requirements for community policing and the needs and expectations of all Somalis. The project particularly supports accountability and oversight mechanisms: it works closely with police authorities in all areas to build internal control mechanisms that respond to cases of human rights abuse by the police.
The project partners with the Somali Police Force, Somaliland Police Force and Puntland Police Force. It also partners with international police forces such as the Ugandan police for the provision of high quality training and as an example in establishing of accountability mechanisms. To establish special women and children desks at police stations, the project has partnered with UNICEF through a joint Justice for Children project.
The project has helped establish Police Advisory Committees in South Central Somalia, which are now monitoring police stations. The committees have been trained on gender and human rights issues and have been reporting on the number of prisoners who have been wrongly detained or have not been taken to court. Under this activity, the project has provided uniforms, transportation, communication equipment, and other equipment to the police.
UNDP supports the rehabilitation of police stations and the training of the Special Police Unit and the traffic police. The project has enhanced the managerial capacities and command abilities of senior police officers; it also supported the registration of police and the provision of stipends.
November 2009-December 2015