Strategic Objective: Establish unified, capable, accountable and rights based Somali federal security institutions providing basic safety and security for its citizens. UNDP recognizes the importance of a well-trained and equipped police force to protect civilians and promote peace. Our programmes support a police force which is more responsive to the security needs of communities.

Our Goals

UNDP’s Civilian Police Project works with law enforcement personnel particularly at the regional level to ensure that they are properly equipped to protect citizens, especially in violent and insecure areas. Working closely with law enforcement authorities, UNDP is ensuring critical support – such as thorough training and payment mechanisms – which will ensure the loyalty, commitment, morale, performance and retention of skilled police officers and security forces at this pivotal time in Somalia. more

Building a safe Somalia

Community-based policing pilot projects are increasing trusts in the protection services in Somalia society. According to a survey by Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention in Burao alone, the percentage of citizens who trust the police increased from 47% in 2011 to 66% in 2013. more

Our Stories

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Promoting Human Rights and Gender Equality in the Police Force

Safety and security are the key foundations for building lasting peace and prosperity for all Somalis. UNDP is helping the Somali people to tackle insecurity and conflict by strengthening responsible policing that considers the needs of the communities. more 

A member of the Somali Police Force receives her certificate following the completion of a course on discipline and community policing. © UNSOM
Strengthening the Somali police force to promote peace

The two week long comprehensive training targeted the Professional Standards Unit of the SPF and covered areas ranging from handling investigations, dealing with witnesses, handling crime scenes and human rights and international humanitarian law, among others.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Civilian Police

    UNDP works with authorities in Somalia to strengthen the institutional and technical capacity of Somalia's police forces to deliver policing services to the public. This means building an efficient, effective and professional civilian police service that meets the requirements for community policing as well as the needs and expectations of the Somali people – a force that is both responsive to civilian needs and accountable to civil authority.more 

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