Mogadishu, February 26, 2022 – More than 100 Somali security officers have undergone a five-day training on intelligence data management and reporting to equip them with the necessary skills to secure the ongoing electoral process.

The training, which ended in Mogadishu on Friday, brought together 120 officers who work in Joint Operations and Centers (JOCs) and Women’s Status Offices in Mogadishu and Federal Member States. The training was organized by the police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the UN Integrated Electoral Support Group (IESG) in Somalia.

The JOC works in conjunction with the National Election Security Taskforce. The National Elections Task Force is the highest security body tasked with securing national elections in Somalia. The task force is chaired by the Somali Police Force, with support from AMISOM Police. In addition, the task force has established women’s status offices to protect women from all forms of election-related violence.

The training covered several topics, including intelligence collection and analysis, intelligence data management, surveillance and investigations, intelligence data preservation, intelligence report writing and intelligence data presentation. .

AMISOM Police Training and Development Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kofi Amevenku noted that good intelligence ensures operational efficiency and effectiveness.

“Intelligence, when properly used, enables faster detection and response to threats. This ensures information security and facilitates the execution of security operations,” he said.

ACP Amevenku noted that proper intelligence gathering and management is key to bolstering efforts to secure Somalia and its democratic processes.

Deputy Somali Police Commissioner General Osman Abdullahi Mohamed encouraged participants to apply the knowledge gained in the performance of their duties.

“We hope that officers from all regions have acquired the necessary knowledge to perform their duties effectively,” General Osman said.

One participant, Captain Ibrahim Adan, who commands the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the Lower Shabelle region, welcomed the formation of the forces.

“Through such training, our security forces can reinforce ongoing efforts to stabilize the country,” said Captain Ibrahim.