Somalia’s HirShabelle State recruited 200 youth as part of a second phase of its police recruitment program aimed at bolstering security in the region.
According to AU mission in Somalia, the exercise was conducted in Beletweyne by Somali Police Force and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). At least 200 youths were enlisted. Out of this number, 125 recruited were from Hiran region and 75 from Middle Shabelle region.
Philemon Dantim, AMISOM’s police team leader in Beletweyne, highlighted that the recruitment and training exercise was aimed at establishing a strong police force capable of securing the region.
The regional HirShabelle State plans to recruit at least 800 police officers under a program supported by AMISOM, European Union and UK’s Department for International Development.
The recruitment comes two months after the graduation of the first batch of police recruits who have since been deployed to various parts of HirShabelle to bolster security and maintain law and order.