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Mentoring of Somali Police Force Officers on Crime Prevention by African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS)

The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has launched a mentorship program focused on crime prevention strategies for officers of the Somali Police Force in Dhobley.

The initiative, led by ATMIS Individual Police Officers (IPOs) and personnel from the Reform, Restructuring and Development Unit (RRD), aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of the officers in addressing and preventing violent crimes while maintaining law and order in communities.

“Our main goal is to mentor Somali Police Force officers. We are conducting this program to prepare them before the Mission’s mandate ends in December 2024,” said the ATMIS Police Team Site Leader in Dhobley, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) French Sylvester.

He stressed that equipping SPF officers with skills in law and order and crime prevention would be a primary focus for IPOs this year ahead of the Mission’s exit.

“We want them to be prepared to carry out policing activities professionally when ATMIS departs,” he added.

The Dhobley Police Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Abdi Omar, expressed appreciation to ATMIS for implementing the mentorship program.

He recognized the program’s significant role in enhancing professionalism and building the capacity of the SPF in the region.

“The mentorship program is a great idea, as it contributes to the plan of Somali Security Forces taking control of the country’s security after ATMIS exits,” explained Lt. Col. Mohamed.

Topics covered during the mentorship session included neighborhood watch, the use of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) and surveillance, community patrols and beat operations among others.

Similar training sessions will be carried out at other team sites as part of an ongoing initiative by ATMIS Police component to enhance service delivery of the SPF.

During the session, the IPOs conducted a thorough inspection of the Dhobley Police Station, documenting daily operations and ensuring adherence to established protocols. The approach aims to promote best practices among the local police officers.

Part of the ATMIS Police mandate includes supporting the SPF through specialized training, advising and mentoring as well as providing operational support such as joint patrols and protection of vital installations.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS).

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