The Republic of South Sudan (RoSS), led by H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, celebrated the first graduation of 1,147 Joint Integrated Police (JIP) at the Juba Stadium on Saturday 17 June 2017 to fulfill the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS), August 2015 Chapter Two, Article Five. The training programme included field and practical training by SSNPS, and a five-week training programme provided by the UN in theory and practical sessions on policing, human rights, trust and confidence building, policing strategies, community policing and trauma management.
President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir presided over the graduation ceremony, which was attended by the First Vice President H.E. Taban Deng Gai, Hon. Chief Justice Chan Reec Madut, Minister of Interior Hon. Michael Chiengjiek Gai, Special Representative of the Secretary General David Shearer, United Nations Development Programme Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen, senior members of the diplomatic community, and senior security leadership of South Sudan.
Speaking to the general public during the graduation, H. E. Salva Kiir told the JIP graduates that their major responsibility is the security in Juba. “We want you to secure Juba because there is doubt from our civilians, and this is why we want it to have a national character by paying attention to Juba/Nimule road, and criminals who attack women in our communities,” the president stated.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate all the JIP personnel for successfully completing the training. You have the opportunity now to take these training aids and help build this nation in peace,” said First Vice President H.E. Taban Deng Gai.
The First Vice President stressed that the JIP is composed of personnel from all ethnicities and also has prioritized gender balance. They need to work together so that all people feel secure, and encourage female JIP officers who will be on patrol to protect women from sexual violence.
Speaking at the graduation the SRSG Mr. David Shearer said “the UN family in South Sudan has supported the development of the JIP in line with UN mandate and the mission to protect civilians and build a durable peace. For example, the UN engineers have assisted with road maintenance to Dr. John Garang Training Academy in Rajaf and renovated training facilities at the police academy. Importantly, UNMISS and UNDP have provided training to 1,147 JIP recruits on the most fundamental aspects of a professional and accountable police: human rights, trust and confidence building, community policing and trauma management.”
The SRSG emphasised that UNDP, with support from the Government of Japan, provided the JIP uniforms that JIP personnel proudly wear for display.
“This uniform is not just your work attire – it represents something larger and more fundamental: it distinguishes you from the civilian on the street, and from other security services. Your uniform signifies that you are a servant of justice, law and order,” said Mr. Shearer.
SRSG cautioned them as JIP officers, they are the vanguard of impartiality. Therefore, they must be impartial providers of safety, security and justice, because they have taken an oath to protect the sovereign rights of all the people of South Sudan.
The SRSG urged JIP officers to inspire confidence in the communities they will serve, to protect women at the market places, the shopkeepers and the school children should feel safe in coming to them for help as peace ambassadors.