Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

Somalia: 69th Anniversary of the Somali Police Force Celebrated

The Somalia police force marked its 69th anniversary yesterday (December 20th) in the capital Mogadishu with a ceremony at the General Kahiya police training school. Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and other ministers attended.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mohamat Annadif, reaffirmed AMISOM's commitment to enhance the capacity of the Somali Police Force, founded in 1943 and now being rebuilt. AMISOM's police component has been helping to reconstitute the force and to train its personnel.

AMISOM recently deployed two Formed Police Units to help provide improved security in liberated areas through Public Order Management including joint patrols together with the Somali Police Force, provision of security to VIPs, individuals and properties. Ambassador Annadif said "without strong and enduring rule of law and public order there is no lasting peace; the Somali Police Force is playing and will continue to play an integral part in Somalia's recovery."

AMISOM currently deploys 363 police officers drawn from different African countries, and has carried out training for nearly a third of the Somali Police Force's 5000 officers, training new recruits as well as running courses in traffic management and criminal investigation techniques.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 Government of Ethiopia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.