15 July 2017 (SofoNews) – Ten Individual Police Officers (IPOs) from the Kenya Police Service who have been serving under the AU Mission in Somalia have been honoured with medals for their successful completion of their tour of duty in Somalia.
AMISOM Police Commissioner Brigadier General Anand Pillay commended the Kenyan officers for their dedicated service to the Mission that saw them mentor and train Somali police officers, as he bid them farewell at a ceremony held in Mogadishu on Friday.
“Our responsibility here is to build the capacity of the Somali Police, to provide all reform initiatives that is needed; to provide the necessary basic training, as well as specialized training,” the Police Commissioner said.
The officers posted in various regions in Somalia also supported security patrols by the Somali Police Force. “The mentoring of those police officers, when you found them, there’s a big improvement. That they are now able to perform their functions more effectively than before,” Pillay added.
AMISOM Police Administration Officer, Chief Inspector of Police Adam Muniru,who represented AMISOM Police Chief of Staff commended the officers for their contribution to Somalia’s peace efforts. “This group of officers has done their best for the mission and I salute you all for your dedication to duty”, CI Muniru stated.
The Kenya Police contingent commander, Senior Superintendent of Police Zipporah Mboroki noted that the officers had gained invaluable experience in Somalia, and urged them to replicate the best practices back home.
“You have gained a lot of skills, you have interacted, you have learnt much from this Mission. I expect when you go back home, you’re going to implement the same in capacity building and make our country safer,” she said.
The medal awards ceremony was attended by senior AMISOM police officers including the deputy Commissioner of Police, Christine Alalo.