July 31, 2012 ·2 Comments
A Somaliland graduate receives his certificate from vice-president during a graduation ceremony in Mandera police Academy near Hargeisa
MANDERA — 365 cadets were met with cheers and clapping on Monday during a graduation ceremony held at the Mandera Police Academy, about 56 miles (90-km) north-west of the capital Hargeisa.
The Somaliland vice president Abdirahman A. Ismael presented a certificate of training to each police candidate, who will land jobs in different law enforcement sections.
With intentions to establish a professional civilian police force, the cadets received professional training in self-defence, non-violent disarmament, community policing, physical fitness, human rights, Somaliland law and constitution, marksmanship and information technology.
During his address, Mr. Ismael stressed the importance of stability and security not only in Somaliland but the whole region. He congratulated the cadets praising their hard work that they trained over four months.
His visit to the remote institution was joined by the ministers of interior, public works, justice, police commissioner and the army chief.
General Abdullahi Fadal Iman, national police commissioner, and Dr. Mahamed Noor Arrale, minister of interior, gave keynote addresses.
“I’m so grateful to be a part of this program, these cadets are all young men who received various crucial training. Young men, it is your job to thoroughly investigate and articulate the facts in an honest manner,” General Iman said.
They both congratulated the candidates and explained their role in Somaliland’s national security sector saying that they will join the ranks of the country’s police units.
They revealed that the new officers received all equipment and gear including firearms from the ministry of interior. The commission said the previous classes used to bring their own weapons but this year the government supplied them.
The cadets received university and secondary college training prier to this program and they are the first such unit in the Somaliland police force.
The academy has trained thousands of cadets since it was rehabilitated in 1993 and this is the 25th graduate to take an oath to serve and protect the residents of Somaliland.
The officers will seek a career in law enforcement units that include traffic police, special force unit, criminal investigation department, police station desktops, internal affairs and riot units.
The Somaliland government last year began undertaking a number of programmes designed to reform the nation’s security institutions with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The UN organisation has been conducting trainings modelled on international standards in the academy since 2003.
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