MOGADISHU (Xinhua) --
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on
Friday awarded 30 police officers deployed in Somalia to boost
stabilization efforts for their distinguished service.
Police Officers (IP0s) from Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Sierra
Leone, deployed under the AU mission, will leave the Horn of
Africa country over the weekend after a year-long tour of duty.
AMISOM Acting Police Commissioner, in a statement stressed the
crucial role IPOs play in transforming the Somali Police into a
formidable force, capable of carrying out professional policing
“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,” said Alalo.
The officers, who
performed specialized roles, were decorated with medals in
Mogadishu in recognition of their outstanding performance and
contribution to Somalia’s stabilization.
IP0s are deployed in
Somalia to train, mentor, and advise the Somali Police Force on
day-to-day operations, said AMISOM.
The officers also
co-locate and work hand-in-hand with their Somali counterparts,
at various police stations in Mogadishu and the regional states,
The AU mission urged
the officers to use the experience and knowledge they have
gained in Somalia, to the benefit of their countries.