Somali Police commanders trained to effectively secure elections


A three-day training for top commanders of the Somali Police Force (SPF), tasked with running election security operation centres known as Joint Operation Centres (JOCs) in various parts of the country, during the ongoing elections in Somalia has ended with a call for them to implement lessons learnt.

Facilitated by the police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the training – held in Mogadishu, was attended by senior SPF commanders, drawn from the federal Member States of Puntland, South West, Galmudug, HirShabelle, and Jubaland, the Banadir region and Somaliland.

The training aimed to equip the participants with the requisite knowledge to effectively manage the centres by conducting joint analysis, joint integrated planning, operational coordination, and joint performance assessment, in order to secure the electoral process.

At the closing ceremony, AMISOM Police Election Security Advisor, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Anthony Placid, urged the participants to share knowledge gained with their colleagues.

“We have given you the training; it is expected that you will pass on this knowledge to the others at your various Joint Operation Centres. Other training opportunities are likely to follow, and one of them is Operation Room Management,” said ACP Placid.