March 17, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Criminal Investigation Department has commenced a nationwide public sensitisation programme to raise awareness on the crimes of money laundering and terrorism financing.
The awareness raising programme aims to ensure that citizens, especially those at the grassroots, understand the negative impact of such crimes and are able to identify and report any such matters, according to new head of Operations at FIU, Franklin W.O. Campbell.
He said series of outdoor activities will be carried out in different parts of the country, using local languages to get the message down to the people, adding that loudspeakers and public address systems will be used to carry out the sensitization.
Campbell stated that as part of their strategic operations for 2015, they also plan to undertake more community engagement and training to increase public knowledge on money laundering and terrorism financing.
He noted, however, that the country is currently not at risk in terms of the two crimes, but reiterated that the FIU is planning a massive engagement with law enforcement officers from the judiciary and the Sierra Leone Police force on how to investigate and prosecute money laundering and terrorism financing.