13 September 2001 – As part of its efforts to build capacity in Southern Sudan, UN Police today began a two-week workshop for South Sudan Police Services (SSPS) officers in Bentiu, Unity State.
Some 15 SSPS officers are attending the traffic management course at UNMISS state headquarters.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, UNMISS Unity State Coordinator Brigitte Oederlin said the police played a fundamental role in sustaining peace and democracy by maintaining law and order.
"UNMISS' new mandate will focus on the consolidation of peace and security, whilst strengthening the capacity of the Government of South Sudan (GSS) to govern effectively," Ms Oederlin said.
UN Police Deputy State Advisor Patrick Asante said the training was part of the mission's capacity building for SSPS. "We will continue to provide and build capacity to enable (SSPS to) serve your people better."
Police officer James Tauch Guor thanked UN Police for their contribution in strengthening SSPS capacity. "We are happy to be a part of this training and hope our community benefits through the services we will render them."
UNMISS was established on 9 July 2011 to consolidate peace and security and to help establish conditions for development in South Sudan.
State Coordinator Oederline reiterated the mission's commitment to help the government reinforce its institutions and develop its capacity to strengthen the rule of law, security and justice sectors.
"The important work with the police undertaken by UNMISS will continue with the new mission," she added.
Training topics include traffic regulations, traffic road signs, crash report, accident investigation, custody management and interview and interrogation. The trainees will also be briefed about the South Sudan Police Code of Conduct and human rights.