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648 police personnel pass-out in Sierra Leone

648 police personnel pass-out in Sierra Leone

18 May, 2013 – Six hundred and forty-eight police personnel passed out from the Police Training School (PTS) at Hastings.  Among the recruits that graduated, 224 were female and 424 were male. 70 of the new recruits have university degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Speaking at the occasion, the reviewing officer, Vice President, Alhaji Sam Sumana, apologized on behalf of his boss, President Ernest Bai Koroma, who he said would have loved to be present but had another important state engagement to attend to.

VP Sam Sumana told the new recruits that the Sierra Leone constitution mandates them to maintain law and order and that they should perform their duties without fear or favour although they are equally required to allow other people to enjoy their democratic rights.

The VP encouraged the passing-out officers to love their country and assured them that the Sierra Leone government was very proud of them, adding that government will pay due attention with regards the welfare of the police.

On his part, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Francis Allieu Munu, told the gathering that the fact that they left their busy schedules to come grace the passing-out ceremony demonstrated the importance they attach to the ceremony.

He said the new recruits were now ready for deployment, adding that there are 10 university graduates and 4 people with disability among the recruits. “This shows that the Sierra Leone police do not discriminate,” he added, and disclosed that a gender unit has been established at police headquarters.  According to IG Munu, the police have acquired 17 acres of land and in the next few weeks they will lay the foundation stone for the building, adding that the SLP have peace keepers in Haiti, Mali and Sudan who he said are doing extremely well.

He called on the general public to cooperate with the police at all times while the police are performing their normal duties.

He thanked the Swedish government for assisting the police in the area of logistics, and further disclosed that UNIPSIL will close down next year and that he expects the police to perform to the expectation of the public.

By Dennis Jones

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