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STORY: Somali Police officers trained on prevention and

handling of sexual violence cases


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DATELINE: 30/JUNE/2018, BELETWEYNE, SOMALIA

SHOT LIST:

1. Wide shot, training for the Somali Police in Belet Weyne, on sexual and gender
based violence
2. Close up shot, topics of discussion
3. Med shot, police officers taking notes
4. Close up shot, police officers taking notes
5. Med shot, an AMISOM police officer conducting the training
6. Wide shot, police officers attending the training
7. Close up shot, officers in training
8. Close up shot, an officer during training
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Superintendent of Police, Seth Tay from AMISOM Police
Training and Development unit

“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.”
10. Med shot, Abdullahi Ahmed Maalin, Governor of Hiran region and an AMISOM
senior police officer attending the training
11. Close up shot, topics of discussion on SGBV
12. Close up shot, Abdullahi Ahmed Maalin, Governor of Hiran region at the
workshop
13. Med shot, AMISOM and UNSOM police officers at the workshop
14. Close up shot an officer listening at the training
15. Close up shot, Somali national flag
16. Med shot, an officer listening
17. Close up shot, an officer taking notes
18. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Abdullahi Ahmed Maalin, Governor of Hiran Region
“You represent the whole of Somalia, particularly HirShabelle state, Hiran region and
Belet Weyne district. The skills you gain from here have to be applied in the
communities where you come from. When we get trained as the police, we are able
to undertake the tasks at our police stations in terms of investigations, follow ups
and detention of suspects. When the service of the police and courts improves, the
administration of the people including the office of the governor improves. Without
this, there will be no systems and no administration in place.”

19. Med shot, Somali police officers attending the training


20. Med shot, officers taking notes
21. Close up shot, computer screen
22. Med shot, AMISOM police officers during the training
23. Med shot, officers listening
24. Close up shot, an officer listening
25. Wide shot, police officers attending the training
26. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Duniya Ibrahim Hassan, Somali Police officer
“Today we have undertaken training on sexual and gender based violence and how
to handle vulnerable people especially women and children. We really understood
the lessons and it is very important. We will go back to the community and also the
police stations and handle those matters. People will benefit from this training. We
really appreciate those who put this together for us, we thank them.”
27. Close up shot, Abdullahi Ahmed Maalin, Governor of Hiran region pose for a
group photo with AMISOM and Somali police officers
28. Wide shot, officers pose for a group photo

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.
The trainees will also be equipped with skills on how to collect criminal and forensic
evidence in cases involving sexual violence, handling of crime scenes and application
of preventive strategies in the communities.

Abdullahi Ahmed Maalin, the governor of Hiran region who officially opened the
training urged the trainees to take advantage of the opportunity and apply the skills
gained to improve policing in their respective communities.

“You represent the whole of Somalia, particularly HirShabelle state, Hiran region and
Belet Weyne district. The skills you gain from here have to be applied in the
communities where you come from. When we get trained as the police, we are able
to undertake the tasks at our police stations in terms investigations, follow up and
detention of suspects,” said Mr. Maalin.

He urged the officers to take their work seriously, saying policing was critical in
stabilizing the country and achieving lasting peace and security.

Duniya Ibrahim Hassan from Criminal Investigation Department at Belet Weyne


Police Station expressed hope that the training would positively impact the
operations in handling cases of sexual and gender-based violence.

“Today we have undertaken training on sexual and gender-based violence and how
to handle vulnerable people especially women and children. We really understood
the lessons and it is very important. We will go back to the community and also the
police stations and handle those matters. People will benefit from this training,” she
said.

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