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Sierra Leone News: President Koroma turns sod for Police Academy in Bombali

slpPresident Ernest Bai Koroma has pledged his total supports and commitment for the construction of the Sierra Leone Police Peacekeeping and Law Enforcement Academy along the Makeni-Magburaka highway in Bombali district on Tuesday 24th November 2015.
President Koroma, whilst addressing the gathering, said he himself is in favour of professional policing against which backdrop the academy upon completion will focus on providing training for all law enforcement agencies especially the police. He appreciated the role played by the police in the fight against Ebola which according to him was a sign of determination of building the country, demonstrated by the police.
President Koroma whiles assuring the police of his commitment to the project, request from the ministry of Finance for the release of funds in support of buying peacekeeping contingent’s own equipment with immediate effect so that upon completion of the academy, it will be ready for use with modern equipment. He appealed to the police management for the academy to be used to raise standards in the police for better leadership, efficiency and effective work, pointing out that the demand from the public for professionalism in the police is high; despite the hard work they need to do more as he called for public support to the police.
The Acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Shaka Tarawallie described the project as “an edifice that would serve as a reservoir from which knowledge is gotten to protect our common humanity, stating that “with the proposed peacekeeping and law enforcement academy, the police will have time to do more professional, thorough, citizen-friendly, robust and proactive job on crime.”
Minister Tarawallie expressed fear over the alarming rate of gang attacks, DJ being murdered and dumped on a beach, a female police officer stabbing a male officer, an OSD officer shooting to death another OSD officer, a police couple on International peacekeeping duties bringing the entire force into disrepute in a pornographic scandal, among others. He said even with the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints Board the president beliefs that they are not enough to bring out the best from men and women in blue.
The Minister said the academy upon completion has the potential of continually equipping police personnel with knowledge required to do their duties in a democratic and 21st Century fashion because, according to him, the Academy will be a testament to the government’s acknowledgement of the crucial role the police have to play in a democracy and how strategic the force will be. He said from the academy police would learn and appreciate the nobility of their profession and will know that there is more to life than the vain search for material benefits.
The Inspector General of Police, Francis Allieu Munu said the idea of securing the over 200 acres of land for the construction of an academy came from the President to address the growing accommodation issues faced by his personnel in that part of the country. He said they had been using the Kofi Annah peacekeeping academy in Ghana for all their academic and technical peacekeeping trainings. He said as a police they believe in “Garbage-in-garbage-out” principle for their successes which was why they contacted professionals from the University of Sierra Leone to provide services to the police.
By Mohamed Kabba
November 27, 2015

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