Somali Police officers trained on prevention and handling of sexual violence cases
Belet Weyne, 30 June 2018 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has embarked on a seven-day training for Somali Police officers on sexual and gender-based violence.
The workshop, being held in Belet Weyne, the headquarters of Hiran region, has attracted 25 police officers from different departments including the community policing unit.
Speaking at the opening of the training, Superintendent of Police Seth Tay, from AMISOM Police Training and Development Unit, said the training seeks to empower Somali police officers to formulate strategies that will facilitate quick response to sexual and gender-based violence cases that frequently occur in the region.
“The aim of the course is to equip SPF (Somali Police Force) with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to appropriately respond to and collaborate with other stakeholders to effectively deal with SGBV (sexual and gender-based violence) related crimes in the Hiran region,” said Superintendent Tay.
The key areas to be covered during the training include introduction to SGBV and its causes and effects on the community. The officers will also be trained on the techniques of interviewing suspects, how to receive complaints from victims and how to handle abused children.