Somali authorities have praised the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) police component for its unwavering commitment to assisting the Somali Police Forces (SPF) as ATMIS prepares to exit.
In an interview on Monday, the federal Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Bare, commended ATMIS Police personnel for their selflessness in protecting government institutions and workers.
ATMIS Police trains, advises, and mentors the Somali Police Force while conducting joint patrols, securing government installations, and VIP escorts. Additionally, ATMIS police assist the Somali Police in recruitment and training, community policing initiatives, and public order management in order to combat violent extremism.
ATMIS forces protect critical government installations. They contribute to the safety of our workplaces, the Ministry, and our employees. They have a solid working relationship with the Somali Police Force, which is part of the Ministry of Interior. “We appreciate their assistance,” Minister Bare remarked.
Communities know they can safely access government offices when we collaborate with Somali security forces.
Courts of law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Ministry of Justice are among the ministries and government agencies protected by ATMIS Formed Police.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alan Tugiizire, the Acting ATMIS Formed Police Unit Operations Coordinator, praised the Somali Security Forces for partnering with ATMIS to protect vital government institutions.
ATMIS Police and Somali Police work together to secure government facilities, assuring the safety and security of public personnel, according to SSP Tugiizire.
“Government personnel can operate with confidence knowing they are safe.” So, when we collaborate with Somali security forces, residents know they can visit government offices safely,” said SSP Tugiizire.
Lt. Omar Hussein Ibrahim, Deputy SPF Commander in charge of securing the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Youth and Sports, stated that ATMIS has provided them with essential skills through embedding, mentorship, and training.
“We learned from ATMIS, which we employ to protect the country and important government installations.” We identify personnel and inspect visitors seeking government services at the main gate, while ATMIS handles security inside,” said Lt. Omar.