Mogadishu, 1 September 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has reiterated its commitment to help establish a strong and professional police force capable of handling security challenges facing the horn of Africa country.

The remarks were made on Thursday by the AMISOM Police Coordinator for Operations, ACP Daniel Ali Gwambal, during the closing ceremony of a 10-day training course on child protection and basic counter insurgency for Somali police officers held in Mogadishu. The training was conducted by officers from the AMISOM Police component.

“AMISOM is ready at any time to offer training and contribute to the development of Somalia,” Mr. Gwambal said at the function presided over by the Somali Police Force (SPF) Commissioner, Brig. Gen. Abdihakim Dahir Said, and attended by senior police officers.

Mr. Gwambal urged the participants to put into practice and also share the knowledge they have acquired with their colleagues.

“As you go out to the field I want you to impart to your colleagues the same training you have gotten here and that is how we will be able to develop our capacities as police officers,” Mr. Gwambal added.

Speaking at the function, SPF Commissioner, Brig. Gen. Abdihakim Dahir Said, noted that the trainings were timely and of priority to the force, given the changing nature of crime in the country.

“This training was important to the extent that we had to postpone other trainings and fast track this one so as to enhance the skills and capacity of the police,” Brig. Gen. Said stated.

He added that the trainings were in line with the decision of the SPF leadership to localize basic and non-specialized training to help in strengthening capacity of the force.

“We will continue to improve the training and quality of our police so that they can safeguard the community and restore peace in the country,” Brig. Gen. Said observed.

SPF Director of Training, Brig. Gen., Hassan Alasow Mohamed, said the participants were taken through complex security issues to broaden their knowledge on policing matters.