MOMBASA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
said on Friday that it is spearheading an ambitious police
recruitment drive in Somalia’s HirShabelle State to help
stabilize the country.
The AU mission said
the first phase of recruitment of police officers commenced with
the screening, vetting and training of at least 200-new police
recruits in the state’s administrative capital of Jowhar.
“The recruits will
undergo a three-month basic policing course, to skill them on
critical aspects of policing,” AMISOM said, noting that its
working collaboratively with the Somali Police Force to build
the capacity of the new recruits to effectively boost law
enforcement in the state.
It said the training
will also focus on cross-cutting issues, such as the
international human rights law, the international humanitarian
law and general human rights issues; including due diligence
policies, which are prerequisites in their profession.
AMISOM said the
recruits who are drawn from the Middle Shabelle and Hiiraan
regions - two regions that make HirShabelle State - are an
amalgam of trainees selected by traditional elders, politicians
and other stakeholders in the state, to form an integrated
The AU Mission hopes
to recruit a total of 800 police officers in HirShabelle State
alone, as part of the transitioning of the security
responsibility to the Somali security forces.
was formed in 2016 during Somalia’s state formation process and
will benefit greatly from the new police recruits.