‘No fix time to transfer police officers’

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-Says Police Media Boss

June 26, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Head of the Sierra Leone Police Media Unit yesterday stated that there was no fix time to sanction transfer of junior and senior police officers from one division or unit to another.

There have been questions on the lips of some sections of the public following the transfer of police officers, with some calling it ‘political witch-hunting.’

The hierarchy of the SLP has sanctioned two separate transfers of officers since the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) took over governance in April this year.

In a memo issued Monday, June 18, 27 officers were transferred from one department or unit to another, whilst the Director of Infrastructure and Estate, Assistant Inspector General of Police Alfred Karrow Kamara was sent on leave with no returning date indicated.

In an interview with Concord Times, Superintendent Brima Kamara said it was normal to transfer officers from one unit to another as a result of administrative arrangement.

He said transfers are normally done randomly throughout the year with no political strings attached to it, contrary to what is being discussed by some members of the public.

“Sometimes we need to look for personnel with the requisite experience and send them somewhere. We deploy our officers sometimes to acquire some experience because policing itself is a holistic job. You must be operationally and administratively good,” he said.

According to him, the current strength of the SLP is 12,000 to 13, 000 with about thirty-five (35) divisions across the country, adding that they cannot afford to keep officers in one place for very long time.

Superintendent Kamara noted that the transfers were sanctioned by the Inspector General for senior officers, while those for junior officers are done by the Director of Human Resource.

“We are supposed to be apolitical. Our job is to serve the government of the day. We provide security for the presidency and ministers, among others, and that is our job. We have been doing transfers even before the current government came into office and we will continue to do so,” he added.