ATMIS police and partners collaborate to enhance community policing alongside the Somali Police Force
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
In Mogadishu, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia’s (ATMIS) Community Policing Unit held a meeting with partners on Sunday to discuss strategies and provide support to the Somalia Police Force (SPF) in their efforts to combat crime.
The meeting was attended by Col. Abdullahi Omar, SPF Director for Community Policing, Deputy Police Commissioner for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Deputy Police Commissioner, Pekka Kokkonen, and a representative from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
ATMIS and its partners are actively assisting the SPF in establishing a robust community policing unit, aiming to engage residents in the fight against terrorism and other crimes within their communities.
Colonel Omar emphasized the importance of community awareness and the presence of SPF community policing officers in neighborhoods to facilitate swift police response to criminal incidents. He called for additional training of SPF officers to achieve this goal.
Research has consistently shown that strong trust and collaboration between police agencies and the communities they serve are vital for maintaining public safety and effective policing.
Colonel Omar highlighted that SPF has already implemented various methods, such as sports and entertainment, to educate the public on the concept of community policing.
The objective is to create a sense of unity and cooperation among community members and law enforcement in order to ensure a safer environment for all.