African Union launches fingerprint training for Somali Police
16 January 2018 16:27 GMT

The African Union Mission in Somalia is conducting a 14-day basic training course on forensic fingerprint for the Somali Police Force to empower the officers to use the technology to investigate criminal cases.

At least 15 police officers, including five female officers, are attending the course which is being conducted by AMISOM and funded by the Japanese government.

“The purpose of this course is to ensure that we train our officers on how to lift finger prints, how to store finger prints and how to make references to future cases in terms of investigations,” said the South West State AMISOM Police Coordinator, Tresphord Kasale.

Mr. Kasale said the training will provide the officers with the necessary skills to enable them investigate crime cases thoroughly and professionally.

The course, being held in Baidoa, is structured to target officers from the South West State’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The trainees will be taken through important topics ranging from fingerprints taking and storage and making references in criminal cases among others.

An Assistant Minister of Security in the South West State, Abdirizak Abdi Aden, lauded AMISOM for organizing the specialized course, adding that it will go a long war in improving security in the region.

“The police force has different sectors; this [CID] is the most important one. As to why we put more efforts on this sector, it is the area that separates the criminals and non-criminals and they [CID officers] are the people to differentiate. I hope they will benefit from the training and serve their community,” added the Assistant Minister for Security.