Livestock Patrol Unit re-established in Jonglei State
The South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with funding from the United States Department of State pledged their support to reconstitute the Livestock Patrol Unit (LPU) for Jonglei state. In addition two vehicles and USD 137,000 worth of equipment for the new LPU were handed over.
Mr. Balázs Horváth, UNDP Country Director, in an event at the SSNPS Police Center in Juba, highlighted the importance of this effort “this handover is more than trucks and supplies – these resources and continued technical support will enable local authorities to respond immediately to conflict and ensure they have a presence throughout the villages, which will demonstrate to the people of South Sudan that their Government is committed to improving their security.”
The South Sudan Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control (BCSSAC), in partnership with state and county governments, and with technical support from UNDP, undertook consultations in the 11 counties in Jonglei State to understand the key drivers of violent conflict. The communities collectively decided that special resources were needed to address cattle raiding. As a result, UNDP’s Community Security and Small Arms Control (CSAC) project, with support from the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement division responded by bolstering the Government’s efforts to create the Livestock Patrol Unit. Major General Biar Madeng Biar, Inspector General of Police in Jonglei, stated “this unit is vital because cattle rustling has hampered development, security and stability in Jonglei State”
The mission of the LPU is to prevent and respond to cattle raiding incidents in Jonglei state through community policing and by fostering engagement and dialogue within communities to develop trusting relationships with law enforcement. In the last months, the SSNPS, with support from UNDP and the United Nations Police (UNPOL) has developed a mission statement, a concept of operations, standard operating procedures and training plan that will guide the LPU. Dr. Riak Gok, Acting Head of Community Security and Arms Control Bureau explained how the LPU will work with other stakeholders, stating “We will work tirelessly with UNDP and our partners to pose a holistic approach to control cattle rustling including changing of the community’s mind set about their cattle”.
Strengthening the rule of law, supporting community security efforts and building the institutions to address these issues are priority areas that the Government outlined in the South Sudan Development Plan (SSDP). Going forward, SSNPS, UNDP and UNPOL will identify additional requirements to support the ongoing functioning of the LPU and expand the concept to other cattle raiding corridors of Jonglei. General Acuil Tito, Inspector General of Police, SSSNPS stated “South Sudan National Police Service and the Jonglei State Police will support this program and make it sustainable by identifying the right personnel for training in the pilot stage and thereafter roll out to the other states with similar challenges”.
For further information, please contact: Marguerite Nowak, Communications Officer, United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 095 619 1254