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Support Officer speaks to journalists about police readiness for elections in Sierra Leone

Support Officer speaks to journalists about police readiness for elections in Sierra Leone

Over the weekend, Support Officer of the Kenema Police Division, Gloria Macauley (in photo), at her Hangha Road office, told a cross section of journalists that the police of Kenema division are in proper readiness to police the forthcoming elections and she assured the people of Kenema district of maximum security.  She says she will do everything possible by having sleepless nights in the maintenance of peace before, during, and after the 17th November general elections.

The Support Officer of Kenema division said she and her personnel are ready to keep the general election safe, particularly now they have enough logistics and there is a way for good security.  She said they will remain steadfast in carrying out their professional task of securing the lives and properties of the people of this country and further said that she is encouraging all personnel to be dedicated to hard work, oneness of purpose, and above all, for them to be prepared to police the November 17 elections without fear or favor of any party or political aspirant seeking office.

Gloria Macauley disclosed that the police depend largely on the civilian population in combating crime in the communities; she therefore called on the general public to divulge relevant information to the nearest police for immediate redress.

She commended the District Security Committee (DISEC), the Local Policing Partnership Board (LPPB) and the media for their continuous support in the maintenance of law and order in the district and the country in general.

She further stated that Kenema division is apolitical before calling on her personnel to remain apolitical and uphold the code of conduct of good policing standards for the betterment of the force and the country in particular.

The Kenema Division Support Officer further disclosed that there has been a massive reduction in the crime rate within the Kenema division and region as a result of the police conducting robust night patrols and she called on the police to behave professionally in discharging their duties and maintaining the standard of the police force in Sierra Leone.

Gloria Macauley pointed out that the bike riders and the Nassir Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School pupil saga was a challenge she was faced with in Kenema district, adding that the level of professionalism demonstrated by the police force during the fracas and the timely support of the media, the District Security Committee (DISEC), and the Local Policing Partnership Board helped in restoring calm within the Kenema division.

She disclosed that the fire force, chiefdom police and prisons will be complimenting the effort of the Sierra Leone Police during elections, whilst the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) will be on standby for any eventuality to evoke the Military to Civil Aid power (MAC-P). She called on all to remain calm as there is no cause to concern.

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