Uganda Set To Deploy 160 Police Officers In Somalia

A team of 160Formed Police Unit (FPU) officers who completed a six months training course will be deployed in Sumalia for peacekeeping operations under AMISOMS umbrella.

The team is part of the Formed Police Unit (FPU) who on Wednesday completed a six months intensive pre-deployment training course in Peacekeeping Operations of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

These officers were assessed by a team of five Formed Police Assessment Officers, Led by ASP Figalo Maxime from AMISOM Headquarters sumalia at Kigo during their six months training.

They will provide public order management, protection of African Union personnel and facilities within means and capabilities, and support police operations that require a formed response.

The UN Security Council authorized AMISOM to deploy up to 1,040 police personnel under the police component, which includes Individual Police Officers and five FPUs and the Formed Police Unit personnel provide operational support such as VIP escort and protection, the Individual Police Officers (IPOs) train, mentor, and advise the Somali police officers.

Uganda deployed is the first Formed Police Unit (FPU) in Somalia under AMISOM in July 2012 after the UPDF deployment earlier in 2007since Uganda is one of AMISOM police contributing countries.

Units have rotated on annual basis and the deployment of the latest unit will make the 10th rotation of Uganda’s Formed Police Unit in Somalia under the African Union (AU).

Jolliebest Kasajja

Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, News Editor and a critic in African Politics

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