Information Directorate, Youyi Building, Sierra Leone, and Monday 9th July, 2018 -The Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. Edward Amin Soloku has urged the Executive Management Board (EMB) of the Sierra Leone Police on the prevalence of Cliques and Gangs in the country especially in the capital city, Freetown. He said the presence of cliques with their Five Star Generals in communities is a threat to peace and therefore, they must be put under control. He cited the bus station community around Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown as a hub for a clique who threatens the lives of innocent citizens, adding that, the police must step up patrols especially frequent daylight raids to instill fear into them, arrest and eventually arraigned them to court.
Hon. Soloku encouraged the police to make room for improvement noting that, the management of crimes should give solace to victims rather than perpetrators. He stressed on the need of giving people their rights irrespective of their social class adding that it will increase public confidence in the police.
The police he maintained needs more training for them to deliver services to the nation effectively and efficiently.
The Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Lahai Lawrence Leema- recommended that the police embark on robust daylight patrols to sensitize the public on the need to live peacefully and be law abiding as well as, to visit grey areas and root out trouble shooters in the communities.
The Hon. Vice President of Sierra Leone Dr. Juldeh Jalloh who doubles as Chairman of Sierra Leone Police Council told the police hierarchy that the meeting was vital because it paves way for the discussion on ways to improve certain areas of police operations.
Good operational and leadership skills must be decentralized to the least police post the Vice President stated, this he pointed out, will enhanced professionalism among the personnel as they serve as the conduit between the public and government.
He recommended for continuous engagement with the junior officers on comportment and orientation in their engagement with the public, adding that, not all situations warrants arrest or the use of force but engagement and warning.
The Inspector General of Police Dr Richard Moigbe informed the Vice President and team that the Police Act is not fit for purpose and is under review. The meeting he said was aimed at presenting a Quick Impact Project developed, and the meeting was held at the Sierra Leone Police Headquarters in Freetown.
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