13 February 2012 - As part of South Sudan Police Services (SSPS) reform, UNMISS and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have begun a nation-wide registration exercise for all SSPS staff that will culminate in a digitization of their personnel records.
The process, which kicked off on 1 February, is part of a reform initiative proposed by Minister of Interior Alison Monani Magaya.
"This is a part of the change," said Central Equatoria State Police Commissioner Major General Nicola Dimo Abiaza. "We have to know who our manpower is. We are trying to register our manpower to put them into database."
The purpose of the registration is to collect personnel data, create accurate digital records of the officers, determine the correct number of police officers and streamline logistical and administrative support.
"We realized that the SSPS had no registration database," said Patrick Asante, UNMISS Deputy Police Advisor in Central Equatoria State. "After all this, they will input the information into a data management system."
After officers are called in for the two-day process, they are fingerprinted, photographed and medically examined. Over 1,200 police officers have been registered in Juba County to date.
Eight UN police are currently supporting the SSPS in the registration process.
To manage a force like SSPS, we need this information, so that we can monitor and keep track of each policeman who is there," said UNPOL Seru Aminisitai, who is assisting with the registration. "Currently ... in SSPS, they do not have it."