UNMISS trainspolice in Bentiu

By Chany Ninrew

The UNMISS field office in Bentiu, Unity State has trained a second batch of the newly integrated Joint Police at the state capital.

The five-day training targeted about 90 trainees on the role of police, protecting civilians, legal framework on Gender-Based-Violence and other offences and the process of transitioning the Protection of Civilians Sites (PoCS) into Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs).

Speaking to Juba Monitor from Bentiu yesterday, the Director General at the State Ministry of Information ChuolTetMachar said the training will enable the Police to manage civilians through the rule of law.

“This training is very important as the Police will be professionals in their role to protect the community, they will also do their work systematically without branching out of the law, that is why they have been given skills on how to guard the IDPs,” he said.

The official also emphasized that the trainees will be a vital tool for the community because they will be well-equipped and trained officerswho will also be added to the South Sudan National Police Service or the State Police Service.

According to him, the first batch of the integrated State Police is currently deployed at the recently transitioned IDP camps of Bentiu.

For her part, Hiroko Hirahara the head of the UNMISS Bentiu Office reiterated that the training is the first of its kind and that she will facilitate more trainings ahead.

Recently, the outgoing UNMISS Chief, David Shearer visited Unity State to meet with the authority and kick start the process of handing over jurisdiction of the PoCS to the government.

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