Enhancing Police Capabilities in Somalia: An ATMIS Initiative
The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) recently concluded a five-day intensive training program designed to enhance police station management and crime reduction in local communities. This initiative is part of a broader strategy to equip the Somali Police Force with the necessary skills and knowledge to take full security control upon the ATMIS’s scheduled departure from Somalia in December 2024.
Officers from the Hirshabelle State Police participated in the program, gaining insight into various aspects of policing. The training covered topics such as community policing, search and arrest procedures, detention practices, criminal investigation methods, and the responsibilities of station commanders.
Training for Community Impact
The ATMIS underscored the dual purpose of the training, emphasizing its importance not only for the police force but also for the wider community. The mission highlighted that a competent and efficient police force typically contributes to improved security systems, thereby fostering a safer environment for the community.
Lt. Ahmed Abdulle Madobe, the Deputy Commander of Jowhar Airfield Police Station, expressed gratitude towards ATMIS for providing the essential training. He believes this will empower the officers to conduct their duties professionally and maintain optimal relations with the community.
Officer Abdi Osman, one of the participants, confirmed the benefits of the training, noting that it improved his skills and knowledge in crime fighting and community relations. He expressed hope for more capacity-building training in the future.
Supporting the Somali Police Force
ATMIS’s comprehensive support to the Somali Police Force encompasses capacity-building training, advice and mentoring, joint patrols, and protection of vital installations. SP Aguta Jimton, ATMIS Police Coordinating Officer in Hirshabelle, and Christopher Aria, ATMIS Civil Affairs Officer and Team Coordinator Sector 5, were in attendance at the training.
This intensive training program forms part of a larger capacity-building effort as ATMIS prepares to transition security responsibilities to Somali security forces. This move is in line with UN Security Council Resolutions 2628 and 2670, reflecting international efforts to foster self-sufficiency in Somalia’s security apparatus amid a turbulent security landscape. ATMIS plans to withdraw 2,000 troops by the end of June, followed by an additional 3,000 by September.
The ATMIS’s commitment to enhancing the capabilities of the Somali Police Force stands as a testament to the mission’s dedication to ensuring lasting security in the region. As the transition period approaches, these training programs are expected to play a significant role in paving the way for a self-reliant Somali security force.
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