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STORY: Somalia’s HirShabelle State launches second phase

of police recruitment
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI/ENGLISH NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 21/APRIL/2019, BELETWEYNE, SOMALIA

SHOT LIST:

1. Wide shot, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officers conducting a


police recruitment exercise in HirShabelle state
2. Med shot, a police recruitment exercise in HirShabelle state
3. Wide shot, the recruits assemble
4. Med shot, an AMISOM recruitment officer talking to the recruits
5. Med shot, recruits
6. Close up shot, recruits
7. Med shot, recruits listening
8. Wide shot, recruits assemble
9. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Isak Ali Abdulle, Hiran Police Commander
“The recruits comprise both male and female. They were selected based on their
merit. We have also allowed resident clans to share the numbers so that we get a
federal police and not police from one particular clan. We agreed to select from the
clans, districts in Hiran and the entire region in general. Today, the recruits we have
here are from three main districts namely Belet Weyne, Mataban and Mahas.”

10. Med shot, female recruits registering


11. Close up shot, an AMISOM recruitment officer writing the details of the recruits
12. Close up shot, AMISOM recruitment officer
13. Wide shot, an AMISOM recruitment officer taking measurements of a recruit
14. Med shot, an AMISOM recruitment officer taking measurements of a recruit
15. Med shot, recruit
16. Wide shot, an AMISOM recruitment officer taking measurements of a recruit
17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Superintendent of Police Philemon Dantim, AMISOM
Police Team Leader in Belet Weyne
“We have very good numbers right now, most importantly, we have a good
percentage of women who are ably represented here and they are going in for
medical checkups and a very good profiling system which is being done by AMISOM.
We also have very good instructors who have been talking to them on what to
expect in the recruitment exercise. And I think overall the system is actually working
very well and we hope to leave a befitting police force for the people of Somalia.”

18. Wide shot, AMISOM Police medical officers taking samples from the recruits
19. Med shot, a medical officer taking notes
20. Close up shot, urine samples
21. Med shot, AMISOM Police medical officers
22. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Nasro Mohamed Elmi, Police Recruit
“ I am pleased to be one of the new police recruits for HirShabelle State. [I am ready]
to serve my region and apply what I learnt so as to develop the state. I would like to
serve my community in a professional way. I am very happy and I have not
encountered any problems.”

23. Med shot, AMISOM officers searching the recruits


24. Close up shot, a recruit being searched
25. Med shot, recruits waiting to be searched
26. Close up shot, a recruit
27. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Yusuf Muhumed Mohamed, Police Recruit
“I am very happy to be one of the new HirShabelle Police recruits in Belet Weyne.
The reason why I decided to join the police is due to the need for this region to have
a trained police force that will serve the community since the community has needs
and that is the prime factor that attracted me to join the force. I believe we can
make tangible changes God willing.”

28. Close up shot, shoes


29. Med shot, recruits’ shoes while lining up
30. Med shot, recruits
31. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Urur Abdulle Mumin, Police Recruit
“I chose to make myself available for the (recruitment exercise) because I am part of
the skilled personnel or rather the graduates in this city. I have seen the region’s
need for skilled personnel who should work on community issues .”

32. Med shot, recruits lining up


33. Wide shot, recruits waiting to be screened

Somalia’s HirShabelle State launches second phase of police recruitment


Belet Weyne, 21 April 2019 - HirShabelle State has launched the second phase of its

police recruitment programme with the enlisting of 200 youths from Hiran region.

The exercise was conducted in Belet Weyne by Somali Police Force and African

Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officers.

“We have a very good number of recruits, most important, we have a good

percentage of women and they will be going in for medical checkups and other tests

conducted by AMISOM Police,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) Philemon Dantim,

AMISOM Police Team leader in Belet Weyne.

Of the 200 youths recruited, 125 are from Hiran region, while the remaining 75 came

from Middle Shabelle region.

HirShabelle State plans to recruit 800 police officers under a grand programme

supported AMISOM, European Union and the UK Department for International

Development. The current recruitment comes two months after the graduation of

the first batch of police recruits who have since been deployed to various parts of

HirShabelle to maintain law and order.

SP Dantim noted that the recruitment and training exercise was aimed at

establishing a strong police force capable of securing the region once AMISOM exits.

Hiran Police Commander, Isak Ali Abdulle, said the recruits were selected not only on
the basis of clan and regional representation but also on merit.
“The recruits comprise both male and female. They were selected based on their

merit. We allowed the clans to share the numbers so that we establish a real federal

police and not one from a particular clan,” said Mr. Abdulle.

The youths were recruited from the districts of Belet Weyne, Mataban, and Mahas.
Recruitment from other districts, mainly Bula-burde and Mataban, is planned for the
24th and 25th of this month.

The recruits expressed their joy in joining the police force, saying they were read for
the three-month intensive training to be conducted by AMISOM officers.

“I am pleased to be one of the new police recruits for HirShabelle State. [I am ready]
to serve my region and apply what I learnt so as to develop the state,” said Nasro
Mohamed Elmi.

Her sentiments were echoed by Urur Abdulle Mumin who said he will use his skills
and education experience to contribute to the development of HirShabelle.
Their colleague Yusuf Muhumed Mohamed added that it will be an honour to serve
his community as a police officer.

“The reason why I decided to join the police is due to the need for this region to
have a trained police force that will effectively serve the community and meet needs
of the residents,” said Mr. Mohamed.