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Lawmakers enact Peace keeping & Law Enforcement Academy Act, 2017

August 9, 2017 By Jariatu S. Bangura

Members of parliament yesterday enacted the Sierra Leone Peace keeping and Law Enforcement Academy Act, 2017, which sought to create an academy for the Police, RLSAF and other security apparatus for peace keeping operations across the world

Presenting the bill for enactment, Minister of Internal Affairs, Rtd. Alfred Paolo Conteh, said the academy will create continuous developmental programs, basic training and also specialization program which would make provision for people not only attaining a diploma but PhD holders in all areas, adding that they were hoping that the facility would provide training for their sister security agencies.

He pleaded with MPs to enact the bill since it would be the first ever police academy in the country.

Hon. Michel Sho-Sawyer of Constituency 108 said the bill was not controversial and that there was need for such provision as it would send a sign that Sierra Leone was a peaceful country that investors should not be afraid to invest their business.

He added that the academy would generate revenue which would boost the economy.

On his part, Hon. Dickson Rogers of Constituency 89 stated that the establishments of academy shows that discipline have been underscored by the force for good.

“Now that we are going to send personnel out of the country to study, there is need to be self- disciplined within the police force,” he said.

Hon. Veronica Kadie Sesay of Constituency 86, commended the minister and the Inspector General of Police for the venture they took to provide training programs for the police and other security agencies, stating that it would help them to know when and how to shoot.

“Most police do not know when and how to shoot because of lack of knowledge but now that such provisions has been created, we do hope that the anomalies that has been happening among the police with regards aimless shooting would be minimized”, she stated.

Speaking after the enactment of the bill, Inspector General of Sierra Leone Police, Francis Alieu Munu said the academy would not only cater for the police alone but also other law enforcement agencies.

He said the facility would cater for the training of   various people in management and continuous development studies in other to be more competitive.

 “This stage is the final one as many processes have been carried out. We expect it to be a centre of excellence for Sierra Leone and the sub-region. We have bought the land at Makomp highway to Magburaka for the construction of the academy,” he said.

He stated that they have good relationship with the University of Sierra Leone and that a Memorandum of Understanding have already been signed with the university of Bradford.

 He said Bradford has been  known as the institute of peace studies in the world and that of the University of Ghana.

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