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By Godfrey Olukya 18-10-2012

The African Union Mission in Somalia Police (AMISOM) has this week formally began training 40 officers from the Somali Police Force at the General Kahiye Police Academy in Mogadishu.

The training and development unit of the AMISOM police inaugurated the two-week course aimed at improving the skills of the Somali police force in Criminal Investigation.

The 30 men and 10 women are taking part in the first of four training programmes in Basic Criminal Investigation skills. AMISOM police intend to train 160 special police force personnel before the end of this year.

While officially inaugurating the training, AMISOM Police Commissioner Dr Charles Makono said the course is intended to fill a crucial gap in the Somali Police Force after many years of armed conflict. The training will improve the skills of the Somali Police Force so that they can be professional in keeping the people of Somalia safe and secure, with crimes professionally investigated.

“Initial investigations are very important for the administration of justice, and this course will train officers in these techniques.” said Makono.’The course will help the Somali Police Force handle cases brought before them in line with internationally recognized standards.’ he added.

He appealed to participants to make the most of the opportunity, as it would involve practical work designed to deal with prevailing crimes in post- conflict environment such as Somalia.

The training is being conducted by international police officers with vast experience in peace related issues.

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