EUCAP Somalia’s Field Office Garowe delivered an anti-radicalisation awareness workshop this month in Garowe to enhance awareness about measures to prevent and detect radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism.
Ten Puntland State Police investigators and five prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office, including five women, attended the workshop.
The main workshop goal was to enhance knowledge and skills to prevent and detect radicalisation as early as possible and enable participants to apply the acquired expertise in their day-to-day professional work.
The different workshop sessions aimed to raise awareness about the process of radicalisation in general and in specific contexts and assist practitioners in recognising some of the signs displayed by vulnerable individuals and groups at risk of radicalisation.
In the opening address, Acting Head of Field Office Garowe, Michael Bjerring, highlighted the dangers of radicalisation and how it can undermine peace and security, perpetuate conflict and destabilise regions.
As the trends and patterns of radicalisation evolve, security and law enforcement institutions like the police have to adapt their responses to the changing nature of the phenomenon.
To enable appropriate actions when signs of radicalisation are present, the facilitators introduced tools and instruments such as procedures to investigate radicalisation-related crimes. They also focused on the different roles, responsibilities, and competencies of State Police officers and AGO staff to support effective coordination and collaboration between the two institutions.
In his introductory remarks, Col. Kismayo, the Puntland State Police Head of Training, emphasised the importance of capacity building measures to enhance responses to radicalisation.
“As the world evolves, we must adjust as well,” he said.
“Workshops like the anti-radicalisation workshop are important for Puntland’s capacity building. They broaden participants’ understanding of this critical issue, as well as the critical role the Police and the Attorney General’s Office play in the investigation and how evidence is acquired and presented in court to ensure a successful conclusion,” Col. Kismayo added.
The EUCAP facilitators used different workshop methods such as lectures, round tables, case studies, debates, and group projects to promote experience sharing and create a dynamic learning atmosphere.
On the second and final day, the workshop concluded with a closing ceremony and distribution of certificates.