Somalia’s Joint Police Programme (JPP), a joint policing model to strengthen peace and security at national and regional levels, has received 9 million U.S. dollars from Germany to support its projects.

The UN-backed JPP supports the two-tier policing structure and sets future development of strong national and state-level police services, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said in a statement issued on Friday.

Markus Bollmohr, Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Somalia, said while the funding is not earmarked to any specific strand of the program, his country was keen to see some activities given more emphasis, such as policy development, strengthening of legal frameworks and civilian oversight.

Implemented by the Somali government in close cooperation with federal member states, the UN and other international partners, the JPP is currently underway in the regional states and the Benadir region.

The program is expected to expedite the ongoing transition of security responsibilities from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to Somali security forces.

The JPP, which was launched in June 2018, seeks to develop strong national and state-level police services in the Horn of Africa country.