Feb 14, 2011

Somaliland: Police Recruits to be Trained on Human Rights

Police recruits will be trained on human rights and humanitarian law in order to improve their ability to settle disputes and handle internal tensions. 

Below is an article published by Somalilandpress:

The ministry of Interior, partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has started a new program to train some 300 Somaliland police recruits in the town of Mandera, in Sahil region.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by officials from the ministry of Interior, police commissioner, Mr. Mohamed Saqadhi Dubad and delegates from the UNDP.

The aim of the programme is to help the police recruits learn techniques for handling disputes and internal tensions including national protests and demonstrations. The recruits will undertake training on human rights rules and humanitarian law principles.

The training is to be conducted by Somaliland officers who received their training in Ethiopia with the support of United Kingdom. The officers received training in the areas of leadership, diversity, professional standards, community policing, human rights, intelligence led policing, serious crime, forensics, command and control and counter terrorism.

UK plans to train further 450 officers in the next two years in a ‘train-the-trainer training’ programme that will cost US$968,000. The training will have three phases; two in Ethiopia and one in Somaliland.

This is the largest number of recruits to be enlisted for the Mandera academy.