A new policing model for Somalia

Participants at a conference on Somalia Police Reform held on 23 March 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

24 Mar 2016

A new policing model for Somalia

A four-day Consultative Conference on Police Reform in Somalia ended in Nairobi today with the endorsement of a New Policing Model and a refreshed Heegan Plan for the development of the Somalia Federal Police.

The Federal Minister of Internal Security H.E. Abdirizak Omar Mohamed attended the conference along with the ministers responsible for policing in Puntland, Jubbaland, the Interim South West Administration, the Galmudug Interim Administration and the Banadir, Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle regions.

Conference participants adopted the New Policing Model that contains federal and state-level components that will report to their respective federal and state-level ministries of internal security. Each component will be responsible for recruitment and training of police personnel.

Participants also agreed to incorporate the New Policing Model in a refreshed Heegan Plan, and the federal, regional and state-level ministers of internal security will meet in Kismaayo for follow-up discussions.

The refreshed Heegan Plan will be an inclusive long-term strategic planning document for the period of 2017‐2025.

Strengthening the Somali Police is one of the key goals for providing improved safety and security to the local population. A preliminary round of technical discussions was held on the New Policing Model in September 2015, and this week’s conference advanced these discussions by involving ministers directly responsible for police reform.

Under the Somalia Joint Rule of Law Programme, United Nations Agencies have aligned their support in accordance with Somalia’s policing priorities.

The consultative conference was facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia with funding support from the European Union.