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Published On: Sat, Jun 4th, 2016

Somaliland:First Gender Responsive Community Policing unit Established

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vlcsnap-2016-06-04-18h04m28s217By Goth Mohamed Goth

Hargeisa- Brigadier General Abdillahi Fadal Iman , Commander of Somaliland Police Force on Saturday inaugurated  the first Gender Responsive community policing unit to be based at the Ahmed Macalin Haroun police Station situated in the western fringes of Hargeisa .

The Police Boss speaking during the function said, “The new unit will work within the framework of community policing, citizens are actively responsible for policing their own neighbourhoods and … role in the community that goes beyond traditional law enforcement.vlcsnap-2016-06-04-18h04m17s111

The cultural and gender composition of a police unit reflects the … The objectives of community policing are: – greater police legitimacy and public acceptance: more responsive, less authoritarian, establishing partnerships in the communities to address problems of crime and public disorder.

The new unit to be based at the Ahmed Macalin Haroun Police Station in Hargeisa will be used to introduce key roles, functions, and procedures needed to create an accountable and transparent rights-oriented community based police service. The stations are designed to be easy to access for the community, and foster community engagement and specialist support for women, youth and vulnerable groups. In addition to the traditional police functions, the 3 Model Police Stations are designed and adequately equipped to prioritise special attention to critical issues including Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

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