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AMISOM donates office equipment to Somali Police

By Tajuddin
Aug 4th, 2016
AMISOM Police Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Apenteng Baffou, and Somali Police Force (SPF) Commissioner, Maj.Gen. Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Hamud.

AMISOM Police Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Apenteng Baffou, and Somali Police Force (SPF) Commissioner, Maj.Gen. Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Hamud.

Mogadishu, Somalia (DIPLOMAT.SO) – AMISOM police today donated an assortment of office equipment to the Somali Police Force (SPF) to help enhance efficiency and improve service delivery.

The donation which included computers, printers and biometric equipment, is meant to revamp the force’s human resource directorate, which is core to the proper functioning of the SPF.

The equipment was handed over by the AMISOM Police Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Apenteng Baffou, to the SPF Commissioner, Maj.Gen. Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Hamud, at a ceremony held at the force’s headquarters.

CSP Baffou said the donation was part of AMISOM’s mandate to enhance the capacity of the SPF and enable it perform its key function of maintaining law and order.

“By the click of the button you will have all the information on how many personnel there are in a region or unit. We have connected the office of the Human Resource Director and we are going to connect yours too,” Chief Superintendent of Police Baffou who represented AMISOM Police Commissioner told the SPF Commissioner.

The biometric database developed by AMISOM will be used for registering all SPF personnel by capturing their biographical data and other critical information. The data collected will enable the human resource directorate know the numerical strength of the force, the number of personnel per rank and deployments of each officer.

Maj.Gen. Hamud thanked AMISOM for the donation, which, he said, will go a long way in resolving some of the challenges faced by the force.

“I think one of the biggest challenges we face is in the human resource department because as we experience war and lack of lawlessness in some areas, we are likely to face defections because of welfare issues. As a result, I am grateful to AMISOM for supporting the SPF,” Maj. Gen. Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Hamud said moments before being registered using the new equipment.

The SPF Director for Human Resource, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Abdi Osman, also thanked AMISOM for enhancing the technological capacity of SPF.

Lt. Said Ali Ahmed, one of the SPF officers trained to use the equipment said the human resource directorate had commenced registering SPF officers, adding that the exercise will continue.

“This is a very important database that consists of the data of the entire Somali Police Force. It has photographs and fingerprints of personnel.”

The software will also come in handy when making decisions on promotions and transfers of police officers. Several officers from the human resource directorate have been trained on the use of the equipment, which will also need continuous updating and maintenance to be effective. Top police officers from the SPF and AMISOM also attended the function.

SPF is considered one of the fastest reforming institutions in the country, courtesy of AMISOM, which has continued to offer support aimed at capacitating the unit to help it improve security in the country.

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