PMPF was established after the Puntland administration in 2010 passed Somalia’s first and only Anti-Piracy Law. The Force was formed in response to requests from the international community and the U.N. Security Council to establish local anti-piracy law enforcement institutions.
On March 2, 2012, Somalia Report published an official letter dated 2011 from the Transitional Federal Government notifying the UN of the Puntland authorities’ intention to train a maritime security force.
Puntland administration had also already issued its own prior notice with respect to the training program. Somalia Report mentions that “it remains to be seen how the U.N. can both deny and confirm that the PMPF program is an official Somali government activity.”
According to former Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamud Farole, the Puntland government is committed to “fight against piracy in a combined approach: first, by strengthening internal security measures; and second, by actively engaging local communities.”
As of April 2014, Abdinasir Bihi Sofe serves as the force’s Director.
Puntland Maritime Police Force is a locally recruited, professional maritime security force. It is primarily aimed at preventing, detecting and eradicating piracy, illegal fishing, and other illicit activity off of the coast of Somalia, in addition to generally safeguarding the nation’s marine resources.
In addition, the Force provides logistics support to humanitarian efforts, such as repairing wells; delivering relief supplies, medical supplies, food and water; rehabilitating hospitals and clinics; and refurbishing roads, airports and other infrastructure. It also offers skills training programs to local communities. More……