UNMISS Police Commissioner Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa handed over new facilities to the South Sudan National Police Service in an official ceremony. The building construction was financially sponsored by the peacekeeping mission and built by Participatory Humanitarian Action for Resilience and Recovery non-governmental organization in Juba.
Lieutenant Colonel Kuong Majoc, commander of the crime response team at the Buluk police division in Juba said, "we will use this facility to map and aggregate common crimes, find the links between them, and identify the anomalies we come across. [It] will enhance our capacity to decide what response is required."
While this project is part of (UNMISS) support to the South Sudan National Police Service and the Ministry of Interior's efforts to strengthen the rule of law infrastructure, the head of the peacekeeping mission's field office Geetha Pious, emphasized that it will improve the operational capacity of security personnel in this area.
Lieutenant General James Pieu, Assistant Inspector General of the South Sudanese police force, pointed out that police officers' capacity building must reflect changes in society in general and technological advances in particular. He added, "law enforcement officers should be equipped with technological skills to able to prevent the growing problem of crimes committed on the internet. We need to stay one step ahead of criminals when it comes to knowledge of these technologies."
United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers continue providing support and adequate training to their South Sudanese counterparts. They also planned, monitored, and supervised the construction of the new facilities.
In the end, UNPOL Police Commissioner Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa highlighted how the new crime data analysis facility would benefit law enforcement in the country. "It will assist our colleagues in building a credible database on crimes committed across the country, which will guide the establishment of appropriate strategies and measures to prevent and reduce unlawful actions," she said, adding that this systematic approach will provide police with descriptions of suspected criminals and help identify possible patterns in the methods used by perpetrators.