DynCorp International police advisors working in support of the U.S. Civilian Police (CIVPOL) contract with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in South Sudan as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), recently assisted the South Sudan National Security (SSNS) and South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) with the recovery of a 50 meter police services boat. The boat sunk in the Nile River at the Malakal River Port in the Upper Nile State, South Sudan.
Recovery of the boat was vital as it is needed by the SSNPS and SSNS to transport personnel, supplies and payroll to areas not accessible by road during the heavy rain season.
Organizing a Recovery Effort
DynCorp International CIVPOL team lead and police advisor, Stephen Kirn, serves as the Deputy State Advisor (DSA) for Upper Nile State. Kirn coordinated the recovery effort for more than a month, lobbying for a crane and operators as well as security and crowd control services during the operation.
DI team members and police advisors Richard Aiken and Dewey Rice also assisted in the two-part recovery operation. A crane was used to remove the boat from the river and taken to another location for repairs.
By recovering the boat and getting it back in an operational state, DI helped serve the South Sudan police mission by providing transportation when roads to remote posts are impassible due to heavy seasonal rains. The CIVPOL Advisors worked with the South Sudan Police and Security Services to make the recovery a team effort and demonstrate a strong commitment to providing consistent police services to the communities they serve.
DynCorp International in South Sudan
DynCorp International supports UNMISS by providing a U.S. contingent of up to 15 law enforcement, judicial, and corrections advisors. The mission is focused on re-building South Sudan’s security infrastructure. Law enforcement specialists train, equip, and mentor the South Sudanese police force in democratic principles; judicial advisors help develop and improve the justice system; and corrections advisors work with local counterparts to help modernize the prison system.