October 20, 2015 By Amadu Femoh Sesay
Chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB), Valentine T. Collier, has said that the body has the mandate to receive and investigate complaints against personnel of the Sierra Leone Police, ensuring ‘just policing’ in partnership with the people.
Mr. Collier was on Sunday 18th October speaking on Radio Gbafth 91.0 FM educating the people of Mile 91 and its environs on the mandate, functions and core values of the institution.
He said section 3 of the Independent Police Complaints Board Regulations, 2013 gives the Board the mandate to investigate complaints about police abuses against civilians, including deaths in police custody; fatal police vehicle accidents; the excessive use of force involving injury or death; allegations of misconduct involving an officer of the rank of Superintendent or higher; and the use of firearms by police officers.
He informed the people that the IPCB is people-centred and will serve as the bridge between them and the police in strengthening the relationship between the two.
Collier, who was former head of the Anti-Corruption Commission, disclosed that the Board has recently held a two-day multi-agency workshop for strategic partners and a media facilitation event for media practitioners, adding that the aim of the events was to educate the populace about the mandate, functions and core values of the IPCB, and also to create good working relationships with the participants drawn from all over the country.
He said the government of Sierra Leone will today (Tuesday 20th October) formally launch the Board, and that subsequent launches will take place in Bo, Kenema and Makeni cities for the regions.
The initiative of taking IPCB to the people through radio discussion programmes and focus group engagements will be replicated in other areas of the country, he concluded.