Baidoa, 9 October 2017 – AMISOM Police has donated an assortment of office equipment to the South West State Police Force to help enhance security in the regional state.
The equipment was handed over, last week, to Gen. Mahat Abdirahman Adan, the Commander of South West State Police Force, by John Ambayo, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Police Team Leader in South West state.
The equipment which included computers, printers, furniture, filing cabinets, solar lamps and stationery will be distributed to police stations in the federal state.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Ambayo said the donation was meant to improve service delivery by the police and also maintain law and order in the region.
“Today we donated items that will support and enhance their [South West State Police Force officers] capacity to deliver services better. AMISOM remains committed to fulfilling this mandate,” said the AMISOM official.
AMISOM Police has played a crucial role in training and mentoring local officers, both at the federal and state level.
On his part, Gen. Adan described the gesture as timely, given the dire need for modern equipment by Somali Police Force to help improve the country’s security.
“Today I have received office equipment that we needed. It is in response to our earlier request to AMISOM. The items include A4 papers, printers, computers, chairs, tables and other office items like the OB [Occurrence books] and exhibit books which will be used in police stations. We are very grateful to all who donated the equipment,” Gen. Mahat stated.
AMISOM Police is mandated to provide operational support to the Somali Police Force (SPF), by helping it build the necessary capacity to ably handle the security needs of the country and discharge its functions in accordance to international rules and standards of policing.