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Sierra Leone Police

The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) is the national police force of the Republic of Sierra Leone, that is primarily responsible for law enforcement and crime investigation throughout Sierra Leone. The heavily armed unit of the Sierra Leone Police is known as the Operations Support Division, widely known as OSD, which is primarily responsible to put down riot and violence protest. The Sierra Leone Police is under the jurisdiction of the Sierra Leone Ministry of Internal Affairs, a cabinet ministry in the Government of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Police
Common nameSalone Police
Abbreviation(SLP)
MottoA Force for Good
Agency overview
Formed1894
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionSierra Leone, Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone
Legal jurisdictionThroughout Sierra Leone
Governing bodyGovernment of Sierra Leone
HeadquartersGeorge Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Officers12,500
Agency executives
Parent agencySierra Leone Ministry of Internal Affairs
Website
http://www.police.gov.sl/
http://www.police.sl

The Sierra Leone Police is headed by the Inspector General of police (IGP), who is the overall head of the police force. The Inspector General of Police is appointed by the president of Sierra Leone, and the president has the constitutional authority to fire the Inspector General of Police at any time.

The current Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police is Richard Moigbe, who was promoted from Deputy Inspector general of Police, a position he held since 2010, to Inspect General of Police on November 30, 2017 by President Ernest Bai Koroma[3] Moigbe succeeded Francis Munu who had been the Inspector general of the Sierra Leone Police since 2010, until he was removed as Inspector general of the Sierra Leone Police on November 30, 2017 by President Koroma, and is now the Sierra Leone Ambassador to Liberia

The Sierra Leone Police was established by the British colony back in 1894 and is one of the oldest police forces in West Africa.

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MissionEdit

The key mission of the Sierra Leone Police include to prevent crime, to protect life and property, to detect and prosecute offenders, to maintain public order, to ensure safety and security, to enhance access to justice and to ensure police primacy for internal security and safety.

HistoryEdit

 
A Sierra Leone Police officer of the AMISOM police contingent in Mogadishu.

The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) was established following the founding of the Colony of Freetown in 1808 as a settlement for freed slaves. Police authority then was only restricted to the Colony of Freetown. By 1889 colonial authority had been extended to the provinces. Police authority was also extended to these areas and performed largely paramilitary duties as opposed to the civil police back in the colony. The force at this point became known as the West African Frontier Force.

A Royal Gazette of October 1894 established the Sierra Leone Police Force. Following independence in April 1961, the Sierra Leone Parliament passed the Police Act of 1964 to consolidate and amend the law relating to the organization, discipline, powers and duties of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP).

Efforts were made during the initial post-conflict police reform process to increase the number of women in the police. However, during visits, it was found that newly recruited women police officers were sometimes expected to do little more than cook lunch for their male colleagues.[1]

OrganizationEdit

The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) is headed by The Inspector General of Police, The professional head of the Sierra Leone Police forces who is appointed by the president of Sierra Leone. The Inspector General of Police is assisted by the Deputy Inspector General of Police. The current Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police is Dr Richard Moigbe. The Deputy Inspector General of Police is Dr Al Shek Kamara.

At the national command level, are six Assistant Inspector Generals of Police (AIG) with responsibility for Personnel, Training and Welfare; Operations; Crime Services; Support Services; Professional Standards; and the Operational Support Division (OSD), (the armed wing of the SLP). Regional commanders known as Regpols who are also AIGs carry regional responsibilities for the Freetwon West Area, Freetown East Area, North East Area, North West Area, Southern Province and Eastern Province. All of these AIGs assist the IGP and the DIG in the running of the day-to-day affairs of the SLP. This is done through a joined up leadership approach practicalised into an Executive Management Board, the highest policy making body in the organisation which meets once every week under the chairmanship of the IGP.

Working in PartnershipEdit

The International Security Advisory Team (ISAT) based in Freetown (These are UK advisers to the Police, Military and Government of Sierra Leone) currently has two UK Police Officers working with the SLP in order to professionalise the Sierra Leone Police, to enhance Public Safety and build Community Confidence. An 18 month programme delivering officer safety training, public order command training at Gold, Silver and Bronze level, and tactical public order training, has recently concluded and the Sierras Leone Police are now able to continue training themselves in these skills and have so far trained a further 1000 officers without external assistance. (March 2018) Community policing projects are being rolled out across Sierra Leone, having had a proof of concept in Kambia District, it was extended to Kailahun in the Eastern region, this has been running for a year and has proved very successful. Due to this Kenema is now benefitting from the program and it is anticipated it will be country wide within the next 2 years. Leadership training is now underway across the middle management including the National Decision Model, Threat and Risk assessments and Human Rights issue. ISAT sponsored 3 female officers to undergo a Gender awareness and sensitivity "train the trainer" program and a 2-day conference was hosted to build Gender awareness across the security sector. Participants came from Sierra Leone Police, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, National Fire Force, Correction Services, Office of National Security and Road Safety Authority.

RegionsEdit

Each one of Sierra Leone's 12 administrative districts has its own District Police Unit, which is a sub department of each Regional Police Command, whilst there are four administrative regions of Sierra Leone, there are 6 Police Regions. Each one of Sierra Leone's twelve administrative districts is headed by a local unit commander, who are subordinate to the regional police commanders. The capital Freetown is part of the Western Area police division but is split into 2 each being led by an Assistant Inspector General.

DepartmentsEdit

The Sierra Leone Police is divided into the following departments:

  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is primarily responsible for investigating major crimes
  • Operational Support Division (OSD) this unit supports the general duties police and is trained to perform high-risk duties including to control riots, and violence protest.
  • Traffic police Unit primarily responsible for enforcing traffic safety and control the movement of traffic in all highways and major traffic crossings across Sierra Leone.
  • Media and Public Relation Unit responsible for the collection and release of police activities to the public and media.
  • Legal and Justice Department responsible of prosecuting civil and criminal cases to court.
  • Human Resource Department deals with the welfare, salaries, employments, promotions, benefits and transfers of police officers.
  • Community Relations Department (CRD) established to build a working relationship between the police and the public.
  • Complaint Discipline Internal Investigation Department (CDID) They receive confidential complaints from public on police activities, and police misconduct.
  • Precious Mineral Department responsible of protecting and investigating all act related to the country's mineral resources. They work closely with the Sierra Leone ministry of mines and natural resources.
  • Interpol Department investigate criminal affairs link to other countries.
  • Family Support Unit (FSU) handles domestic and family issues.

Police Divisions and LeadershipEdit

Sierra Leone Police Division SLP Local Unit Commander(LUC)
Inspector General of Police Dr Richard Moigbe
Deputy Inspector General of Police F.U.K Daboh
SLP Director of Operations Assistant Inspector General Elizabeth A. Turay
SLP Director of Human Resource Management Assistant Inspector General Theophilius Senesie
SLP Director of Gender Services Assistant Inspector General Mustapha Kamara
SLP Director of Operational Support Division Assistant Inspector General [[ Augustine Kailie]
SLP Director of Corporate Affairs Assistant Inspector General Mustapha Kambeh
SLP Director of Internal Audit Chief Superintendent Edward Conteh
SLP Director of Traffic Division Chief Superintendent Senesie
SLP Director of Training Assistant Inspector General Aiah Komba
SLP Director of Support Services Assistant Inspector General F U K Daboh (Acting)
SLP Director of Peacekeeping Assistant Inspector General O. V Tarawallie
SLP Director of Crime Services Chief Superintendent Ibrahim Jah
SLP Regional Commander Of the Freetown Western Area Assistant Inspector General
SLP Regional Commander of the Freetown Eastern Area Assistant Inspector General Memunatu Konteh Jalloh
SLP Regional Commander of the Southern Province Police Division Assistant Inspector General Mustafa Kamara
SLP Regional Commander of the Eastern Province Police Division Assistant Inspector General Alfred Karrow-Kamara
SLP Regional Commander of the North Eastern Province, Sierra Leone Police Division Assistant Inspector General Amos Kargbo
SLP Regional Commander of the North Western Province, Sierra Leone Police Division Assistant Inspector General David Kamara
SLP District Division SLP Local Unit Commander(LUC)
SLP Bo District Police Division Chief superintendent Theophilus Senessie
SLP Kenema District Police Division Chief superintendent William Fayia Sellu
SLP Kono District Police Division Chief superintendent Amos Kargbo
SLP Port Loko District Police Division Assistant superintendent Foday Dumbuya
SLP Kailahun District Police Division Chief superintendent Mohamed M. Kamara
SLP Koinadugu District Police Division Assistant superintendent Amadu Deen Sesay
SLP Bombali District Police Division Chief superintendent David Sahid Koroma
SLP Moyamba District Police Division Chief superintendent Unisa P. Kamara
SLP Pujehun District Police Division Chief superintendent Jorwulor A. Gbonnoh
SLP Tonkolili District Police Division Chief superintendentAlfred Karrow Kamara
SLP Kambia District Police Division Chief superintendent Fredrick F. Conteh
SLP Bonthe District Police Division Assistant superintendent Samuel Ben Vandi

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ Anderlini and Conway, 'Security Sector Reform,' in 'Inclusive Security, Sustainable Peace: A Toolkit for Advocacy and Action,' Hunt Alternative Fund and International Alert, 2004, p.35, in Hendricks and Valsek chapter, Security Sector Transformation in Africa, DCAF, 2007, 74

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