The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said it will help Somali police Force (SPF) to establish communication offices in all the federal states to help improve relations between security officers and the public.
Leon Ngulube, Acting AMISOM Police Training Coordinator, said in a statement issued on Sunday that communication offices will be managed by trained officers who will be responsible of keeping the public informed and educated on SPF activities and other government matters.
“As AMISOM police together with your police command, we sat to see how best we can operationalize your offices also bearing in mind the need to develop personnel who will be able to be voices of the Somali Police Force,” said Ngulube when he closed a week-long training course for Somali police officers.
He urged the officers to apply what they have learnt in their daily duties to help SPF communicate with the public effectively.
“We hope that you the trained officers in this respect will be able to explain and disseminate police achievements and counter information and the dissemination of ideological based information aimed at disrupting the milestones and achievements that you have made in the past as Somali Police Force,” he added.
The training was aimed at strengthening relations between security officers and the public and help Somali Police establish communication departments, within the force, in all the federal member states.
During the training, the participants were taken through a range of topics, among them, fostering relations between the police and the media, social media as a tool of information dissemination, public relations and media awareness and practice.
Hassan Alasow Mahamed, the director of Training and Planning lauded AMISOM Police for the continuous training aimed at building the capacity of the SPF to enable it perform its core function of keeping law and order effectively.
“We will recommend for the establishment of communications departments in every federal member state and the lessons gained from here is crucial for enhancing relations between the police and the public,” he added. Enditem