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Sierra Leone News: 1,008 SLP recruits graduate from Training School

The Sierra Leone Police on Friday 2 February 2018 held its 2017 passing out ceremony of 1,008 recruits. The ceremony took place at the Police Training School on Hasting in Freetown.
The 1,008 personnel were among a total of 2,383 personnel recruited in 2017. The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Richard Moigbe, said the process started in 2014 but was stopped because of the Ebola virus noting that the second set of the 2,383 ecruits were presently undergoing on-the-job training.
The IGP disclosed that 28% of the 1,008 recruits were university graduates. There were also specialist recruits in the batch: 5 medical doctors, 2 lawyers, 2 engineers. These were decorated with the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).
I.G Moigbe said university graduates will be considered for promotion in due course. He described this batch of recruits as a unique group.
President Ernest Bai Koroma, in his keynote address, said when he assumed office in 2007, he made a commitment to support development programs in the Sierra Leone Police. According to him, this was because the police are an integral part in the nation’s development. He talked about the interventions the government has instituted to equip the police for better service delivery. Among these were staff welfare, managing trade and capacity building. Also efforts in promoting women’s empowerment in the police as there were women in the police who hold key decision-making positions both at national and managerial level.
He also pointed out that even the physically challenged are given employment opportunities and they play a very important role in the execution of the services of the police. EBD/3/2/18
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
Monday February 05, 2018.

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