Police chief flags off officers for Somalia mission

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Police boss Turyagumanawe flagging off officers for Somalia mission

Uganda Police has finalised preparations to send officers to Mogadishu who have been training to serve on the Somalia mission.

The Field Force Police team heading to Somalia for a peacekeeping mission was Thursday flagged off by the Director Peace Support Operations, AIGP. Turyagumanawe Grace.

The advance team of 13 officers will leave on Saturday 15th July 2017 and the rest shall depart on the 31st July 2017.

Turyagumanawe said that before Africa Union intervened in Somalia, it was insecure but now it is developing on a high rate.

He said that Uganda is determined to assist their brothers in Somalia.

Last month, police assessed and passed the Uganda Formed Police Unit after undergoing training in preparation for African Union Mission in Somalia.

The officers were tested in security aspects of Very Important Person escorts, rescue, crowd control, fighting through an ambush, weapon handling among others.

Commissioner Crowd Chirenje from the Division of African Union Police said that the Officers were taken through and excellent programe of Policing in conflict areas.

“This is the first time am experiencing  an excellent training in Africa; and Uganda will act as an example  for other AU member states so as to set  a standard operating procedures in AU police and weapons use,” Chirenje said.

Over 160 officers are to be deployed in August this year.

The officers were drawn from Counter Terrorism, Medical, Engineers, and Public Order Management.

These officers will be replacing the team which has been ensuring peace in Somalia for the last one year.

Their mandate is to protect AU property and equipment in Somalia, Public Order Management, Escort duties and give security to all AU delegates.

Uganda has been deploying Police Officers in Somalia since 2012, this being the 6th time.

Uganda is expected to double the number of deployment as army is expected to cut on its deployment.

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