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Special Court Trained Police in Bo

Special Court Trained Police in Bo

The Prosecution Department of the Special Court of Sierra Leone on the 23rd and 24th October 2009, trained 116 police officers in Bo, the Headquarter City of the Southern Region. According to sergeant 4802 Mansaray, who was one of the participants “the two day training was entirely based on court prosecuting system in the Judiciary; geared at helping the prosecuting prowess of the police in courts in the country”.

It was revealed that they were trained on how to handle court matters various circumstances as well as to conduct investigations on matter of serious offences.

The trainers who were also Prosecutors at Special Court taught the police officers to take into account certain factors in court proceeding like checking and filing cases to court before court session as according to the SCSL prosecutors, accused person are sometimes taken to court leaving the file that is to be used to prosecute them. The officers reveal that they were trained in the conduct of interviewing witnesses as court cases basically depend on the availability of witnesses, facts and evidences.

Members of the Sierra Leone Police were also trained on the method searching for the truth on both sides of the story saying they must not favour one side against the other in their work as the entire country depends on the police and judiciary to administer justice and keep the peace.

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