- Deputy Internal Affairs Minister
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs has said that government is satisfied with the performance of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), especially personnel of the Operational Support Division (OSD), since the Ebola outbreak in the country in May this year.
Addressing the personnel at the OSD headquarters in Freetown over the weekend, Sheka ‘Shekito’ Tarawalie stated that the officers have been very much professional in the handling of the outbreak, as well as the provision of security for health officers in the frontline of the Ebola fight. He urged them to continue in that path.
“President Ernest Bai Koroma is very much happy with the response of the SLP since the Ebola epidemic broke out,” he said. “We are also impressed as a government because we are yet to hear of an incident where a police officer is being accused of shooting a civilian or his colleague.”
The deputy minister stated that one of the reasons for his visit was to encourage the paramilitary wing of the police to continue with their good work, as according to him, “your department is very important and strategic to the SLP”.
Mr. Tarawalie noted that the President has been very much supportive towards the improvement of the force, citing the provision of logistics and increment in salary.
“There is no country in the world without a police force. The state will not operate without law and order. Your wing is very much strategic to the SLP, and therefore I urge you to continue your performance as per how you have been trained,” he encouraged the officers.
While urging them to continue showing patriotism and loyalty in the discharge of their duties, the Deputy Internal Affairs Minister assured that he will inform the President with regards the issues highlighted by them – especially the lack of logistics and training opportunities abroad – for his prompt action.