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Community Policing Launched in Mogadishu

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Somalia’s police forces have launched a community policing program in Mogadishu, the latest in a series of initiatives to improve security in the seaside capital. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Information and involved women, youth groups and senior citizens who were invited to give their views and insight to the police. VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/109679614 PHOTOS: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5z4Cdz
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    STORY: COMMUNITY POLICING LAUNCHED IN MOGADISHU   DURATION: 3:43   SOURCE: AU/UN IST   RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST   LANGUAGE: SOMALI / ENGLISH   DATELINE: OCTOBER 21, 2014 + FILE / MOGADISHU, SOMALIA VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/109679614 PHOTOS: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5z4Cdz  SHOTLIST: OCTOBER 21, 2014 1. Wide shot, View of building housing Somalia’s Information, Posts, Telecommunications and Tourism ministries   2. Close up shot, Ministry building   3. Medium shot, Edwin Mugera, AMISOM Public Information Officer (PIO) addressing the participants at the meeting   4. Medium shot, AMISOM Police Reformed Unit Adviser, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Akin Fakorede and Colonel Yusuf Mohammed Farah, PIO, Somali Police Force (SPF)   5. (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) Mustaf Ali Dhuhulow, Minister of Information, Posts, Telecommunications and Tourism, Somalia: “This meeting is very encouraging because it brings together many different parties of Somalis such as religious leaders, civil society and the youth. It also shows the great role that the AMISOM and Somali police play when they work together. As the Ministry of Information, particularly the Department of Public Policy, are ready to support this programme that is aimed at the public as a whole. It is very important that we work very closely with the Somali police, army and AMISOM.” 6. Close up shot, SPF PIO Colonel Yusuf Mohammed Farah at the meeting   7. Medium shot, Participants at the community policing sensitization and security meeting   8. Close up shot, Deputy Minister of Information, Posts, telecommunications and Tourism attending the meeting   9. Close up shot, AMISOM PIO Edwin Mugera at the meeting listening to the Minister of Information   10. Medium shot, representatives of a Somali women’s organisation at the meeting   11. Medium shot, Somali youth at the meeting    12. Medium shot, SPF PIO Col. Farah addressing participants 13. Close up shot, SPF official   14. Close up shot, Minister Dhuhulow at the meeting   15. Close up shot, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Akin Fakorede,  AMISOM Police Reformed Unit Adviser 16. (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) Colonel Yusuf Mohammed Farah, Somali Police Force Public Information Officer: “The reality is that our people and country need AMISOM to restore peace and stability and AMISOM has that mandate. AMISOM did not come by itself but we the Somalis requested for them. AMISOM provides training and their experience to our army as well.” 17. Close up shot, Somali religious leader attending the meeting 18. Medium shot, Somali women groups at the meeting   19. Medium shot, Somali youth representatives attending the meeting 20. Close up shot, Somali women’s group representative at the meeting   21. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Fatima Abdi Wasame, Chairperson, Somali National Youth Council: “AMISOM police or Somali police and the community must work together. We need to have good relations between Somali people and AMISOM police. We are happy to have community policing in Somali.” 22. Medium shot, CSP Fakorede addressing the participants at the community policing meeting 23. Close up shot, religious leader 24. Medium shot, youth listening 25. Medium shot, women listening to at the meeting 26. Medium shot, CSP Fakorede 27. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CSP Akin Fakorede, Adviser, AMISOM Police Reformed Unit: “When you see people coming together like this, that’s the first major step you see, the first major indicator that the conflict is over and the process of rebuilding has started. People begin to engage with the government, people begin to engage agencies and international bodies and people begin to express themselves and express their opinions on what they think is right and what they think is wrong, how the society should be rebuilt and how they think that gaps should be refilled.” 28. Wide shot, CSP Fakorede speaking to the gathering JULY 16, 2014 29. Medium shot, AMISOM police officers offering showing Somali police trainees on how to make arrests and search vehicles 30. Medium shot, Somali police officers training 31. Wide shot, Somali police officers going through the arrest and search drill 32. Medium shot, Somali police officers 33. Medium shot, Somali police officers training STORY: Somalia’s police forces have launched a community policing program in Mogadishu, the latest in a series of initiatives to improve security in the seaside capital.   The event was hosted by the Ministry of Information and involved women, youth groups and senior citizens who were invited to give their views and insight to the police. “This meeting is very encouraging because it brings together many different parties of Somalis such as religious leaders, civil society and the youth. It also shows the great role that the AMISOM and Somali police play when they work together. As the Ministry of Information, particularly the Department of Public Policy, are ready to support this programme that is aimed at the public as a whole. It is very important that we work very closely with the Somali police, army and AMISOM,” said Mustaf Ali Dhuhulow, Somalia’s Minister of Information, Posts, Telecommunications and Tourism. The initiative - which promotes closer interaction between police and community leaders - is already operational in other parts of Somalia like Baidoa, Kismayo and Beletweyne. Mogadishu was under the control of the extremist Al-Shabaab until 2011 when Somali soldiers, back by AMISOM’s troops, drove the Al-Qaeda linked group out of the city. Since then, the joint forces have also hounded the embattled militants out of their strongholds in the Horn of Africa nation. The community policing program is being used to stabilise liberated areas and thwart attempts by Al-Shabaab to re-base. “The reality is that our people and country need AMISOM to restore peace and stability and AMISOM has that mandate. AMISOM did not come by itself but we the Somalis requested for them. AMISOM provides training and their experience to our army as well,” said Col. Yusuf Mohammed Farah, the Somali Police Force’s Public Information Officer. The Somali police and their AMISOM partners also announced plans to recruit volunteers in neighborhoods across the country to serve as liaisons between their officers and the communities they serve. “AMISOM police, Somali police and the community must work together. We need to have good relations between Somali people and AMISOM police. We are happy to have community policing in Somali,” said Fatima Abdi Wasame, the chairperson of the Somali National Youth Council. The launch was attended by representatives from a cross-section of Somali society who were encouraged by the police to introduce themselves to their local officers, be in regular contact with them and be vigilant in reporting any suspicious behaviour. “When you see people coming together like this, that’s the first major step you see, the first major indicator that the conflict is over and the process of rebuilding has started. People begin to engage with the government, people begin to  engage agencies and international bodies and people begin to express themselves and express their opinions on what they think is right and what they think is wrong, how the society should be rebuilt and how they think that gaps should be refilled,” said Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Akin Fakorede,  AMISOM’s Police Reformed Unit Adviser. The event ended with extended discussions between community representatives and police officials about security in the city and the other issues affecting its residents.
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