Southwest State Police trained on combating terrorism
Southwest State Police officers have completed an intense seven-day training in Baidoa to build expertise on detection, managing and combating terrorism. The training conducted by the Police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) covered areas including investigations and detection, information gathering and use of confidential informants, search and rescue and extradition of terror suspects. Participants included 25 police commanders and crime investigation officers drawn from various police stations in the Southwest State. The Bay Regional Police Commander, Col. Amin Mohamed Osman, said the specialised training was needed to enhance the Southwest State Police’s capacity to prevent, manage and combat terrorism. “This was a much-needed training that will enable the security agencies to thwart Al-Shabaab plans and tactics to cause terror and destroy lives and properties. The trainees gained good insights that will improve policing standards,” said Col. Amin. The Acting AMISOM Police Coordinator in Baidoa, Superintendent of Police Bisong Ejue, said the training also improves skills to improve on community relations. “The Southwest police officers who have undergone this training now have a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it takes to fight terrorism and how to tap into their respective communities to manage crime. We hope that as they return to their stations, they will be able to share the knowledge with their counterparts,” said Ejue.