STORY: SOMALI CUSTODIAL CORPS

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DATELINE: 19TH MARCH 2015, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOT LIST
1. Wide shot, Somali prisons officers attending biometric human
resource training
2. Close up shot, prisons officer in training
3. Close up shot, prisons female officer in training
4. Med shot, prisons officers examining the iris during the training
5. Wide shot, trainers instructing Somali prisons staf
6. Med shot, prisons staf experimenting with a finger print machine
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Cox, Corrections Officer, UN
Joint Justice and Corrections Section of the Rule of Law and
Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG):
“This is about transparency of public funds, ensuring that the
salaries paid from the federal government to the individuals are paid
correctly and are paid in line with national policies. So it is important
that not just prison staf but also security sector staf are registered
in a system that is integrally sound.”
8. Med shot, prisons officers learning how to use the finger print
capture machine
9. Close up shot, finger print capture
10.Close up shot, officers in training
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Cox, Corrections Officer, Joint
Justice and Corrections Section of the Rule of Law and
Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG):
“Decades of civil war have left a lot of government institutions in a
poor state not just in a state of the infrastructures but in terms of
their policies and their human resource systems. This programme
and this equipment will help rebuild the Somali custodial corps into
a more transparent functioning system for human resources, it will
allow the custodial corps to register all their staf, to understand the
demographics of the staf, the age profiles, their gender and be able
register all of their training throughout their carrier.”
12. Med shot, iris capturing equipment
13. Close up shot, iris capturing camera

14. Close up shot, finger printing machine
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Cox, Corrections Officer,
UN Joint Justice and Corrections Section of the Rule of Law
and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG):
“We are hoping to start the role out next week where we will go out
to the prison with them and mentor them for the first couple of days
and then they will be left on their own to register all of the prison
staf in Mogadishu prison. Then we will start going out to the regions
and start registering all the prison staf in all of the prisons in
Somalia.”
16. Close up shot, image of a captured iris on the computer screen
17. Wide shot, equipment
18. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Salim Abdulaziz Abdalla, Somali
Custodial Corps:
‘’ What we studied here is an advantage for the disciplined forces,
especially to the Custodial Corps. Furthermore, it will help us for
registering one time and get the person’s details right at the first
instance. This will kick out the corruption of taking salary from two,
three or five diferent sources.’’
19. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Sa’dia Hassan Ali, Somali Custodial
Corps:
“The two card salary taking period is over, we have got machines
that can easily identify the eyes and finger prints. Thanks to United
Nations for this equipment and training, we are giving thanks again
to the UN. Furthermore, the number of officers and their salary
taking cards will be equal without confusion. There will be a solution
for that. The photo of the army personnel and name will be checked
together and corruption is over.’’
20. Wide shot, equipment
21. Wide shot, Somali prisons officers at the training

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Somali Custodial Corps Receive Biometric Human Resources
Training
MOGADISHU, 19 March 2015 - The United Nations has provided
human resource registration and management skills training to a
team of Somali Custodial Corps as part of eforts to strengthen the
integrity of the registration systems of the country’s security
institutions.
The training, conducted in Mogadishu between 1 and 5 March, aims
to strengthen human resource systems within the Custodial Corps
that were destroyed following decades of civil war. The human
resources and registration is part of the United Nations support to

the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS] as it strives to make its
security institutions more transparent and accountable for its public
resources.
“It is about transparency of public funds to ensure that salaries paid
from the Federal Government of Somalia to individuals are paid
correctly and in line with national policies,” said Stephen Cox, a
Corrections Officer for the Joint Justice and Corrections Section of
the UN’s Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group. “This
programme and equipment will help the Somali Custodial Corps
build a more functional, transparent system for human resources. It
will allow the Custodial Corps to register all their staf and to
understand their demography,” added Cox.
The project is funded by the Bridging and Inception Programme
managed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and
facilitated by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
(UNSOM).
The collaborative work has enabled a smooth roll out of the human
resources and registration system in the Somali Military, Police and
Custodial Corps. It is anticipated that following the training,
registration of the Custodial Corps officers at Mogadishu Prison will
begin immediately.
One of the trainees from the Somali Custodial Corps, Sa’dia Hassan
Ali, says of the training, “We have got machines that can easily
identify the eyes and finger prints. The photo of the prison
personnel and name will be checked together - corruption is over.’’
The human resources database registers all the details of employed
staf and biometrically identifies them through fingerprints and
retina scans of both eyes. This prevents registering the same person
twice and gives the FGS a full picture of the demographics of its
security services.
‘’What we studied here is an advantage for the disciplined forces,
especially to the Custodial Corps. Furthermore, it will help us for
registering one time and get the person’s details right at the first
instance. This will kick out the corruption of taking salary from two,
three or five diferent sources,” said Salim Abdulaziz Abdalla from
the Somali Custodial Corps.
Cox explained that UNOPS will mentor the trainees for the first few
days then they will be left on their own to register all of the
Custodial Corps staf in Mogadishu. Once that is completed, UNSOM
will facilitate the registration in the regions until all the Custodial
Corps staf in Somalia are registered.

It is anticipated that the FGS and Custodial Corps will benefit from
having an accurate database of all its employees and relevant
information about them, which will be invaluable for workforce
planning including budgets, recruitment and training.