Second batch of police recruits commence training in Somalia’s HirShabelle State
Two hundred police recruits yesterday commenced a three-
month intensive training at Jowhar Police Academy as efforts to establish a
formidable force in HirShabelle State continued in earnest.
The training was officially launched in the administrative capital, Jowhar, at a
ceremony attended by the deputy president of HirShabelle State, Ali Abdullahi
Hussein; governor of Middle Shabelle region, Ahmed Meyre Makaran; HirShabelle’s
deputy security minister, Gelle Isak Warsame; commander of Jowhar PoliceAcademy, Major Osman Afrah and officials from the African Union Mission in
It follows the completion of the recruitment exercise conducted by AMISOM and the
Somali Police Force (SPF) last month in Hiiran and Middle Shabelle regions.
“The training for the second batch of police recruits has commenced. The exercise
will take three months and the aim is to graduate professional police officers who
will be able to secure and protect HirShabelle State in accordance with
internationally accepted policing standards,” said AMISOM lead trainer,
Superintendent of Police, John Hamweene.
The exercise, funded by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), is
being conducted by AMISOM Police in partnership with the Somali Police Force, and
HirShabelle state administration.
The group is the second batch of the planned 800 officers the HirShabelle State
intends to recruit under the grand programme supported by various partners,
among them AMISOM, United Nations, European Union and the United Kingdom’s
Department for International Development.
The first batch, comprising 200 police officers, graduated early this year and was
deployed to various parts of the region to maintain law and order.
Speaking at the same function, Mr. Hussein urged the recruits to maintain the
highest levels of discipline and to ensure that they complete the training ahead of
deployment to various police stations.
“You must maintain discipline, patience and tolerance during the training period.
You are educated youths who are highly qualified and I am sure the trainers will find
you valuable,” he observed.
The deputy president expressed optimism that the recruits will help secure the
federal member state once they complete the training, adding that security was a
major priority for the current administration.
“Security is one of our priorities and can be achieved by having a strong security
force that is capable of securing the country, enabling residents to live in peace and
improve their livelihoods,” he noted.
Mr. Hamweene said securing of main supply routes from terror groups like Al-
Shabaab will ease the movement of goods and services and help develop the