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Ugandan Police force joins ATMIS in Somalia

Mogadishu Mar 02, 2023 (SD) -The Ugandan government has deployed new police officers to Somalia to help with the African Union Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) peacekeeping mission. 144 officers, including senior officials from the AMISOM police force, have arrived in Mogadishu to join a group of 16 senior officers who are in Somalia.

In addition to the 160 police officers who will work for the ATMIS police force, a group of individual police officers will be assigned to support the Somali police force in their duties.

The new police officers have been recruited from the Ugandan police force to support ATMIS peacekeeping efforts in Somalia. The deployment comes after the rotation of the previous group of officers who had been serving in Somalia.

The Deputy Commander of the new Ugandan police contingent and the Head of ATMIS Police, Julian Asaasira, said that the new officers have been well prepared and equipped to support the Somali police in carrying out their duties and to help in the overall peacekeeping efforts of ATMIS.

The ATMIS police force will provide support in critical areas of the government, including the protection of VIPs, safeguarding government installations, and maintaining law and order. The IPOs will also be providing specialized training and capacity building for the Somali police force.

Uganda is one of the largest contributors of troops to ATMIS in Somalia, along with Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Zambia.

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