Special anti-cattle raiding police graduate in Jonglei
18 April 2013 – Bor: A contingent of South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) officers who underwent specialized training to address the unique security challenges posed by cattle-raiding in South Sudan graduated from the Livestock Patrol Unit (LPU) training facility in Malou, Jonglei on Thursday.
The LPU is a collaborative effort between the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS), the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), UNDP’s Community Security and Small Arms Control project and bi-lateral partners including, the Governments of Canada, Luxembourg, and the United States to prevent and combat cattle-raiding in Jonglei state. Mr. Todd Robinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) unit of the U.S. State Department said: “We thought it would be a great idea to find a practical solution to an important problem, and we think this is the best model right now.”
The 29 graduates, who were drawn from the 11 counties of Jonglei state completed a rigorous two-month training, which included physical training, English lessons, field craft, map reading, South Sudan law, memory training and observation, and criminal interrogation techniques.
In a written statement, Maj. General Moses Majok Adol, Jonglei state Commissioner of Police praised the LPU initiative for helping to improve security in the area, stating “this Livestock Patrol Unit has had great significance on the livelihood of our people – especially the protection of lives and property in areas where it has been deployed. It has curbed cattle raiding and will continue to curb such practice.” Mr. Robinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the INL emphasized the impact of the LPU, stating, “The LPU is a real resource that is already making life better for the people of Jonglei state and possibly beyond.”
The Commissioner’s assertion of improved security was corroborated by hard evidence presented by the Malou LPU Commander Col. Marco Matiop Riak, who reported that on 5 April 2013, a unit from the first class of 42 LPU graduates stopped a group of cattle raiders and recovered several heads of cattle, in Jam village, in the Malou area of Jonglei. Colonel Matiop Riak explained how the LPU has freed resources to enable other rule of law institutions “to concentrate on dealing with the more serious security threats posed by armed non-state militias”.
Ms. Amanda Serumaga, Deputy Country Director (Programmes), UNDP explained that improving peace and security is a long-term process, and urged donors to align resources accordingly, stating, “[UNDP] is committed to supporting a professional police service that upholds the rule of law, improves community security, and ultimately helps people build secure and safe communities.”
Other dignitaries in attendance included, Mr. Amanuel Gebremedhin, Team Leader, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit, UNDP, Joerg Einemaan, Representative of UNPOL Police Commissioner, Brig. General Gai Manyang Dot, Deputy Police Commissioner of Jonglei state, and Honourable Duop Lam, Minister of Law Enforcement, Jonglei state who represented the Governor, General Kuol Manyang Juuk. The next group of 50 LPU recruits are scheduled to start training on the 20 May 2013.
The overall goal of the CSAC project is to provide technical assistance to enhance the capacity of the Government of South Sudan to discharge its duty to protect the rights and lives of South Sudan citizens during the process of state formation. CSAC’s support to the Government of South Sudan in other areas like arms control, support to local governments and rule of law institutions, and general post-war recovery jointly aim to help the Government extend state authority across the country – a move that helps improve the overall security environment and thus contributes to the consolidation of peace in South Sudan.
Charles O. Okwir,
Communications & Reports Officer, CSAC Project,
United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan
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