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PUNTLAND MARITIME POLICE FORCE RECEIVES SUPPLIES TO BOLSTER LAW ENFORCEMENT CAPACITY BUILDING EFFORTS

March 30, 2012 – Bosaso, Puntland State of Somalia – A supply ship laden with logistical equipment and supplies for the PMPF arrived in Bosaso Harbor. The arrival of the supplies comes at a time of great activity for the PMPF as it recently began training its second cohort of recruits. The cohort consists of approximately 400 men from all tribes and clans in the region.

The equipment provided by international donors will help support the Puntland State of Somalia’s efforts to enhance its law enforcement capabilities and counter the scourge of piracy. Puntland’s formation and training of the PMPF is in direct response to recent UN Security Council resolutions and other calls from the international community to build counter-piracy and security capacity.*

In addition to supplying the PMPF with essential equipment and supplies, the shipment will aid the community of Bosaso, as it includes commodities that will encourage economic development.

Local entrepreneurs and businessmen will also benefit, as local labor and cranes will be used in offloading essential supplies.

The PMPF has made great strides in combating piracy in recent months. On March 1, the PMPF secured the town of Eyl, the birthplace of modern Somali piracy, denying sanctuary and access to pirates. There is a wide-spread consensus among experts that the problem of Somali piracy must be addressed on land. The PMPF’s recent efforts provide a path forward for doing so.

* UN Security Council Resolution 1976 (2011) urges that “regional authorities in Somalia” increase their efforts to establish “a system of governance, rule of law, and police control in lawless areas where land-based activities related to piracy are taking place.”

About the Puntland Maritime Police Force

The PMPF is a professional, locally-recruited coastal police force in the Puntland State of Somalia. The PMPF’s mission is to promote peace and stability in the region by deterring, detecting, and eradicating piracy, illegal fishing and other coastal crimes; protecting marine resources; and delivering much-needed humanitarian relief supplies to Puntland’s citizens.

The PMPF directly responds to calls from the United Nation and international community for regional Somali authorities to enhance their law enforcement and security capacities. Relevant Somali authorities have briefed and notified the United Nations about the PMPF and its activities on a number of occasions. For more information on the PMPF, please visit http://www.pmpf.net

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Media Contact:

Mr. Abdirazak Mohamed Mohamud

Project Coordinator

Presidential Office

Tel: +252-90-79617

http://www.pmpf.net

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