UGS MARSEC Digest September 2014

UNSOM SPF TrainingUNSOM Trains Somali Police Force

More than 30 officers of the Somali Police Force  completed on Sep 24th a training course tailored to boost their skills and knowledge.

This was a two week long comprehensive training targeted the Professional Standards Unit of the SPF and covered areas ranging from handling investigations, dealing with witnesses, handling crime scenes and human rights and international humanitarian law, among others.

35 participants, including 9 female officers, took part in the training, conducted by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in partnership with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the European Union Capacity Building Mission for Maritime Security, the UN Police and the UN Development Programme.

The trainers say the course was tailored to suit the current needs of the SPF, while the cooperation among the training partners has ensured a balance of skills and experiences being shared.

“Here, we help train AMISOM personnel and other personnel working in Somalia on mental health and stress management especially in war torn areas or in combat zones,” said Lt. Dennis Koire, one of the trainers who session focused on mental health. “What we’re doing today, we have gone through with them how to cope with a stressful environment and how you can adjust and cope without being necessarily violent, impolite or rude to others and as yourself, stay healthier and focused so that you don’t impact on your family back at home,”

The trainees said they had gained valuable knowledge and skills, which they would apply in the conduct of their daily duties.

Source: UNSOM Public Information Services

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