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35 dismissed, 3 struck off, police say

35 dismissed, 3 struck off, police say

In its determination to fight corruption and attach discipline within the rank and file of the Sierra Leone Police, the Complaints Discipline and Internal Investigations Department (CDIID), has released its report for the year 2010, with 35 police personnel dismissed, 33 struck off the strength, 187 sent for corrective training at the Police Training  School at Hastings and 81 issued with warning letters.

It could be recalled that the CDIID was established in 2000 by British born Inspector General designate to Sierra Leone then, Keith Biddle, to address excesses of police officers the instilling of discipline within the rank and file.

Since then, the CDIID has been receiving complaints from the public against police officers.

Such complaints include corrupt or improper practices by police officers, human rights abuses and conducts prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the force.

According to the 2010 report, 33 personnel were struck of strength for absence without leave for a period exceeding 21 days, 4 personnel were reduced in rank and 202 cases resolved informally.

107 cases now await disciplinary hearings, 280 cases are under investigation and 200 case files closed for want of prosecution.

By Kuria Mansaray

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