Amanda Serumaga, UNDP Deputy Country Director on Livestock Patrol Unit Graduation

18 Apr 2013

Malou (Bor), Jonglei State

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Honourable Kuol Manyang Juuk, Governor,

Honourable Inspector General of the South Sudan National Police Service,

Honourable Head of the Community Security & Arms Control Bureau,

Members of the South Sudan National Police Service,

Graduates of the Livestock Patrol Unit,

UNPOL, UNMISS and US State Department Colleagues,

Representatives of the international development community,

Members of the community,

-All protocols observed.

Today, it is my great pleasure to attend the graduation of the Livestock Patrol Unity and UNDP is honoured to support the South Sudan National Police Service.  First, I would like to congratulate the graduates for their hard work and notable achievement.

A year ago the LPU was re-established.  Today, a coordination forum to engage in joint planning has been established, the LPU has an endorsed mission statement, a vision, a Concept of Operations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide the implementation of its mandate. UNDP, with generous support from the United States Department of State – International Narcotics and Law Enforcement division, has handed over key equipment and completed construction of new facilities, while UNPOL’s specialized experts designed and implemented a tailor-made training programme – all of which has culminated in today’s graduation ceremony.  Today’s graduates join the 46 officers who graduated in December 2012

The LPU was established to address issues that the people of Jonglei State raised in community consultations.  Already the LPU has been working to reduce violence in the community and we hope, you the graduates, will lead the way for future LPUs, not just in Jonglei, but across South Sudan.  

Improving peace and security is a long-term process and partners must continue to align resources accordingly.  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.

Significant resources have been invested in the LPU and it is critical that this momentum be sustained.  Success will depend on the ability of the Police Service at both the national and state level to ensure all necessary inputs are afforded to the Unit in order for the LPY to implement their mandate.  Thus, we are pleased to hear of the increased support and commitment shown by the IGP and Deputy IGP and hope look forward to continue strengthening this relationship.

Policing efforts alone will never fully mitigate cattle raids or establish lasting peace.  However, policing will provide entry points, which must be utilized to understand and address the underlying causes of conflict, whether economic, social, cultural or political. 

The strength of the LPU lies in its focus on community engagement.  Building trusting relationships with members of the community will help foster open lines of communication where communities and police can share information, utilize early warning systems and coordinate preventative action to mitigate the negative effects of cattle raids.  Moreover fostering dialogue with government and police paves the way for future initiatives and opportunities.

Ladies and Gentlemen, finally, let me take this opportunity to congratulate the LPU graduates.  You have successfully completed this rigorous training while acquiring new skills to help build a better future.  UNDP will continue to stand with the Government of South Sudan, the Jonglei State government as well as with the payams and bomas in working together to build a democratic, just, peaceful and prosperous South Sudan. 

Thank you.