Kayihura passes out new unit for Somalia mission

Police chief Kale Kayihura has passed out a new police unit that will be sent to Somalia under the African Union flag as peacekeepers.

The “Formed Up Police Unit” has been undergoing training at Police Training School Kabalye.

“The Formed Police Unit attended a four weeks course in Public order management and Hostage rescue,” Kayihura said.

He said the Italian Carabinieri and Uganda Police Force [UPF] instructors jointly facilitated the course.

“The unit will be going to Somalia under the AU.”

In May, the Assistant Inspector General of Police Dr. Fredrick Yiga passed out new officers to serve in the anti-riot unit.

The officers underwent an intensive anti-riot training at Namboole stadium under the guidance of Turkish Police Commandos.

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More AU police force

Meanwhile, in Mid-June, the Inspector General of Rwanda Police (IGP), Emmanuel K. Gasana passed out AU police force after a ten-day African Union Police Pre-deployment course at the Police Training School (PTS) Gishari in Rwamagana District.

The course which was organized in partnership with Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) and Germany International Cooperation (GIZ), is designed to achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) for the multinational peace support operations  and was attended by 54 Police officers from EASF member states and Denmark.

Participants are from Comoros, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda.

Training is a new chapter of cooperation between Denmark and EASF member countries, Assistant Police Commissioner Pelle Redder, EASF Senior Police Advisor, who also represented the Danish government at the event, said.

Throughout the course, officers covered aspects of AU and EASF common systems and how to address policing challenges in peacekeeping missions, including the emerging asymmetric threats.

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