MOGADISHU(Halbeeg News)- Thirty AMISOM police officers will leave Somalia this week after completing one year duty tour.
The police received grand sendoff after they were decorated with medals in a ceremony held in Mogadishu on Friday.
“You came here with your skills and you have been good ambassadors in terms of discipline. You have represented your countries very well, your families and the AU,”visiting Sierra Leonean Assistant Inspector-General of Police, who is also the Director of Peacekeeping Operations in Sierra Leone, Gloria Tarawally, told the outgoing police officers, during a medal awards ceremony held in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
Gloria advised the outgoing police officers to make good use of the experiences they gained from Somalia during their tour in Somalia.
“As you go back, don’t forget the experiences you have learnt from the SPF (Somali Police Force),” she noted.
Giving remarks at the ceremony, AMISOM Acting Police Commissioner, Ms. Christine Alalo, underscored the important role the IPOs play in transforming the Somali Police into a formidable force, capable of carrying out professional policing activities.
“You came to Somalia specifically to help build the capacity of the country, a country that we all know is coming out of war. It needs the support of African brothers and sisters,” the deputy police commissioner said.
The operations director of AMISOM police and AMISOM Police Coordinator of Reforms and Restructuring Daniel Ali Gwambal and Maxwell Chikunguru respectively attended the medal award ceremony.
Individual Police Officers are deployed in Somalia from the Police Contributing Countries to AMISOM; to train, mentor, and advise the Somali Police Force on day-to-day operations.
The officers also co-locate and work hand-in-hand with their Somali counterparts, at various police.