July 3, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Head of the Complaints, Discipline and Internal Investigation Department (CDIID) of the Police, Chief Superintendent Reuben Shyllon, has disclosed that 16 police officers have, in 2015, been dismissed from the force for various discipline and criminal offences ranging from lack of civility, corrupt practices, neglect of duty to other related crimes.
He said seven of the officers were dismissed because they were found wanting for the killing of one Francis Haffner at Brookfields, adding that among the 16 personnel, two were Sergeants and 14 Constables.
He said the Sierra Leone Police management was totally against the actions of the personnel, hence the Inspector General took a tougher stance in ensuring that the bad seeds were weeded out of the force.
Chief Superintendent Shyllon, who was speaking yesterday during the launching of a report on the SLP by the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law Sierra Leone (CARL-SL), said the setting up of the CDIID has provided an avenue through which members of the public can seek redress for the conduct of police officers, and that the department has contributed significantly in changing the public’s perception about the police.
He further disclosed that in 2014, statistics showed that a total of 46 police officers, including two Assistant Superintendents, four Inspectors, seven Sergeants and 33 Constables, were dismissed for various criminal offences.
“Discipline is the nerve centre of any professional policing service and this constitutes an integral component of the core values of the Sierra Leone Police, which makes it imperative on all personnel to go about their work in a professional manner,” he maintained.