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Somalia to recruit 400 police officers to secure main supply routes

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Somalia to recruit 400 police officers to secure main supply routes

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The AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which has conducted training for South West State officials, who will vet recruits seeking to join the police force, said the recruits would also provide security in neighbouring population centres.

Maxwell Chikunguru, AMISOM’s Coordinator of Police Reforms, Restructuring, and Development, said the vetting committee would support the process to recruit the right people into the police force.

“Our mandate is to build the capacity of the Somali Police Force,” Chikunguru said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

He noted that the training workshop is in support of efforts to recruit competent and adequate police personnel to take over policing responsibilities when AMISOM eventually exits Somalia in 2021.

The UN Security Council in 2017 approved the gradual reduction of AMISOM troops and transfer of security responsibilities to Somali National Security Forces.

The AU troops are participating in many operations, ranging from conducting combat operations against the al-Shabab to securing the main supply routes.

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