Six Kenyan Individual Police Officers (IPOs) recently deployed to serve in Somalia under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), have completed an intensive seven-day induction course, aimed at orienting them with the functions of the Mission.
The IPOs will train and mentor Somali police officers on security matters at federal and regional levels.
“Induction training gives us the opportunity to furnish our new arrivals with vital information that is mission specific that will help them not only to settle as quickly as possible into the mission, but also to prepare them to adequately and appropriately tackle their assignments and tasks,” ACP Francis Aryee, the Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner said.
The new Kenyan police contingent replaced another group that recently returned home after completing a year’s tour of duty in Somalia.
“Since the Kenyans who left have left them with big shoes to fill, we need to make sure that these officers are integrated, because we are trying to get them acclimatized to situations in Somalia,” Albert Akpoilih, AMISOM Police Head of Induction stated.
“Even though they have got their skills from back home, it is a duty for us to retool them to what goes on in the mission area vis- a-vis the Somali culture,” Akpoilih explained.