NCD MEETS WITH THE TOP MANAGEMENT OF SIERRA LEONE POLICE

In a bid to support the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in maintaining peace and stability in the country, the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has presented a Concept Note that will promote Civic Conscious Policing to the Executive Management Board (EMB) of the Sierra Leone Police on Thursday, 9th September, 2016, at the Conference room of the Sierra Leone Police Headquarters at George Street in Freetown.

In his statement to the Executive Management Board of the Sierra Leone Police, the Chairman of NCD, Dr. Abubakar H. Kargbo, revealed that his Commission is responsible to create an enlightened, peaceful, democratic and just society in which citizens are empowered to enjoy their rights as citizens and discharge their responsibilities with the attitude desirable for national unity and development. Dr. Kargbo revealed that the content of the Concept Note his Commission presented to the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police is in line with the aim of the SLP that is geared towards raising standards noting that the concept note which will be translated into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will create partnership with the SLP that is aimed at providing civic education training to trainees at the Police Academy and other officers as may be deemed necessary. He stressed that the quest for the partnership is based on his Commission’s flagship program that is aimed at bringing Civic Education into the curriculum of schools and colleges where youths will be taught their civic responsibilities to the State.

Responding to the Chairman of NCD, the Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, said that Sierra Leone has a liberal democracy and the Sierra Leone Police is constitutionally charged with the primary responsibility of maintaining peace and stability in the country noting that the Police cannot perfectly achieve its constitutional mandate without the support of other institutions with NCD playing a key role in that direction. The Inspector General of Police expressed dismay over negative comments directed to the Police by some institutions and a handful of the Sierra Leonean populace aimed at discrediting the international respect they have achieved in peacekeeping and peace support operations over the years by using the error of generalization citing the Kabala incident as example.

“I am of the strongest conviction that those who are using the error of generalization and those who are disturbing the peace of the peaceful citizens more especially the clique boys are not acquainted with their civic responsibilities to the State” stressing that the Sierra Leone Police needs the support of the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) to help educate the public more especially the clique boys whose activities are not only a matter of enforcement, but also a matter of effective civic education. He assured the NCD Chairman and team that the Executive Management Board of the SLP would closely and swiftly look at the draft concept note for a timely feedback.

The meeting for the handing over of the Concept Note on “Promoting Civic Conscious Policing” was witnessed by senior staff of the National Commission for Democracy and very senior members of the Sierra Leone Police including all Assistant Inspector Generals of Police (AIGs).
See attached photos.

Chairman's photo
The Chairman
Dr. Abubakar Kargbo

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