Monday, October 07, 2013
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has praised the move to train police
officers inside Somalia as he opened training for 450 officers in the
Somali capital Sunday.
The event, at Gadiidka Booliska,
the headquarters of the police transport department in North Mogadishu,
attracted many government officials including the Interior and National
Security Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled.
Speaking to the cadets, President Mohamoud said, “Police discipline is the prerequisite of public confidence.”
added, “This training will enhance your skills-set, knowledge,
discipline, and expertise required for police officers to protect the
people, your number one duty as officers.”
The head of state illustrated the need for more police training in Somalia.
small ceremony today is yet another step towards self-reliance in
security and I congratulate you for being a part of that,” remarked
In the past, the Somali police forces had been notorious for lacking proper discipline and often inflicting harm on the people.
often erected roadblocks in and out of towns to forcibly take money and
other properties and were implicated in the killings of innocent
There was a perception that most of the members
of the armed forces including the police belonged to former militia
groups that served under various warlords; hence lacked the right
discipline to properly serve the public.
countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Uganda had provided
facilities and expertise for the training of Somali forces.
seeking the vote of the legislators prior to election in September
2012, President Mohamoud had stated that improvement of security will be
his government’s policy number one, two and three.
the collapse of the dictatorial regime of the late General Mohamed Siad
Barre in January 1991, the Somali Police Force was one of the first
state institutions that disappeared as ragtag militias spearheaded
mayhem and lawlessness.