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Uganda Police Force To Deploy 160 Officers To Somalia

Uganda Police Force To Deploy 160 Officers To Somalia

Plans by the Uganda Police Force are underway to deploy a total of 160 Uganda Police officers in Somalia. The reason for the move is to help in building the capacity of the Somalia police.

The team is part of the Formed Police Unit (FPU) who completed a six-month-long intensive pre-deployment training course.

The completed course concentrated on Peacekeeping Operations of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

During the training at Kigo, the officers were assessed by a team of five Formed Police Assessment Officers. These were led by ASP Figalo Maxime from AMISOM Headquarters.

When they deploy them to Somalia, the officers will provide public order management and the protection of African Union personnel.

In addition to that, they will also protect facilities within means and capabilities and also support police operations that require a formed response.

Uganda is one of AMISOM contributing countries while others include Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, amongst others.

The UN Security council authorized AMISOM to deploy up to 1,040 police personnel under the police component. This includes Individual Uganda Police Officers and five FPUs.

While the Formed Police Unit personnel provide operational support such as VIP escort and protection, the IPOs train mentor, and advise Somali Police officers.

Uganda first deployed an FPU in Somalia under AMISOM in July 2012 after the UPDF had earlier deployed troops there in 2007.

Unites have rotated on an annual basis and the deployment of the latest unit will make the 10th rotation of Uganda’s FPU in Somalia under the AU.

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