Eleven Somaliland Coast Guard (SL CG) Officers have improved their knowledge of Civilian Law Enforcement by participating in a training course organised by the Somaliland Coast Guard and EUCAP in Hargeisa, on November 4-8.
The training included sessions on crime/offenses, searches/seizures, arrests, investigation and crime scene management and took place at the Attorney General’s Training Hall.
The Somaliland Police and Attorney General’s Office were actively involved as they provided trainers who shared their expertise in the Somaliland work theatre with the Coast Guard attendees, for example on criminal investigations and crime scene management. EUCAP also shared expertise on crime scene management and European best practices.
Apart from the training, cooperation between EUCAP and the Somaliland Coast Guard is to raise the standard of operational capabilities of the Coast Guard as well as develop a Training Department within this organisation, in order to ensure self-sustainability.
The participants concluded the course today having gained knowledge not only in Civilian Law Enforcement and Criminal Investigation, but also on how to organize and plan future trainings within the Coast Guard.
“The trainees have now gained enough knowledge about conducting investigations, jurisdiction, planning, risk assessment and how to summit cases to the legal authorities” said Ali Odey Instructor from the Somaliland Attorney General Office during the course closing ceremony.
“The officers from SL Coast Guard were all very dedicated and enthusiastic since the training course is the first of its kind enhancing cooperation between different Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies in Somaliland utilizing the skills and knowledge of trainers/experts from Attorney General’s Office and SL Police”, added EUCAP Coastal Policing Adviser Frank Hedegaard Madsen.