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PUNTLAND MARITIME POLICE FORCE TO BEGIN TRAINING INTAKE OF RECRUITS FROM TRANSITIONAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF SOMALIA

April 26, 2012 – Bosaso, Puntland Federal State of Somalia – The Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) is preparing for a class intake of 150 new recruits from the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG). The recruits arrive will arrive from Mogadishu over the next few weeks.

This joint training initiative is consistent with past TFG support for the PMPF and further implements the August, 29 2011 Cooperation Agreement signed between the TFG and Puntland. Among other items, this recently reaffirmed and UN-endorsed pact call for the establishment of a Somali naval base in Puntland and the creation of a coastal police force.

This intake will mark the first class of TFG recruits to attend PMPF training at their state-of-the-art training facility outside of Bosaso, Puntland. The complete training program will take approximately three months.

Upon arrival in Bosaso, the recruits will undergo a physical training test and medical screening to ensure their fitness to endure the grueling 8-week basic course of instruction as well as the demanding follow-on specialized and advanced training.

Recruits who pass the initial screening will be issued basic police gear to include eating utensils, sleeping items and uniforms.

The training, which starts in full on the 12th of May, will include an orientation, wherein recruits will be briefed on the mission and organizational structure of the coastal police force.

They will then receive instruction on “the way of the Policemen” and the Police Code of Conduct. This training helps the recruits understand their role as maritime policemen as well as their responsibility to protect their fellow citizens of Somalia.

During this basic phase of training, potential section leaders will be identified for further special leadership training where they will be taught the basics of law enforcement leadership and enforcing discipline. Additional advanced training will include field medicine, marksmanship and radio communications.

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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