Somali police receive donated vehicles from Amisom


The African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has handed over ten Toyota Land Cruisers to the Somali Police Force in an effort to build its capacity.

The vehicles, procured with assistance from the Italian government, were transferred to the police in Mogadishu on March 1, Amisom said. The donation follows a three month specialized Public Order Management training course conducted in Djibouti last year facilitated by Amisom and the Italian government.

During the handover, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC), Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif reiterated Amisom’s support in enhancing the capacity of the Somali Police to deliver critical services to its people.
“The donation will enable the Somali Police Force to carry out its duty easily and contribute to the continued improvement of peace and security in Somalia,” said Ambassador Annadif.
“The vehicles will enable the Somali Police Force to establish the rule of law and create a safe and secure environment for the people of Somalia,” said Brigadier General Abdihakim Dahir Sa’eed, Somali Police Commissioner.

Amisom is mandated with enhancing the capacity of the Somali Police Force through training, mentoring and operational support in order to contribute to peace and security as well as the rule of law in Somalia.

At the weekend Amisom concluded a two-week training in Community Based Policing for 160 Somali Police Force (SPF) members at the General Kaahiye Police Training Academy. The course focused on improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which are heavily used by al Shabaab militants.
“We are working together with AMISOM to better equip these forces with all the necessary skills, and we will not stop on this one,” said Somali Police Force Deputy Director of Training and Operations, Dr. Abdullahi Abdirizak. He said adding that SPF has so far received training in community policing, protection of VIPs, intelligence and investigations.