August 6, 2020
The Regional Manager of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the North-West Region, Al-Hassan Sesay has told Sierra Leone Police personnel in Lunsar Division that they should use the recent national corruption perception survey conducted by Center for Accountability and Rule of Law as a wakeup call to resist and reject corrupt practices in order to change the negative public perception against the SLP.
He made this statement during an interaction meeting with personnel attached at the Lunsar Division on 28th July 2020 at the Lunsar Police Station. The meeting, as part of the Commission’s public education drive was convened to educate personnel on various corruption issues and enlist their support in combatting graft and bribery.
During the interactive session, the Regional Manager Al-Hassan Sesay said the ACC considers the Sierra Leone Police as strategic partner in the fight against corruption and meeting with the division was a way of strengthening partnership between the two institutions adding, that constant engagement will foster collaboration. He used the occasion to remind them of the various corruption safeguards. He went on to state that the recently published national perception survey on corruption which named the SLP as the most corrupt institution was indicative of the interactions and perception held by the public on corrupt practices by police personnel. “The leadership of the SLP must also see these reports as a way of addressing the reasons alluding to the negative perception about them,” he said.
Manager Sesay explained related corruption offences and cautioned them to be very careful with their interaction with the public particularly with personnel in traffic and checkpoints citing the bribing incident with the Road Safety Corp that went viral on social media.
As key partner to the Commission, he encouraged them to maintain ethical standards and professionalism as the ACC will take both proactive and reactionary steps to tackle and mitigate incidences of corruption. “Be reminded that the Elite Scorpion Squad will sting at any given opportunity when the need arise,” he stressed.
In his welcome address, the Local Unit Commander Murana E. Kamara described the ACC as a counterpart and appreciated the regional team for sensitizing them on corruption. He said as law enforcers, the meeting will give additional guide in terms of their conduct and operations with the public. He reminded personnel to always safeguard their integrity and family name in the discharge of their functions.
Public Education Officer Mohamed Thullah who spoke on the role of senior management in the fight against corruption accentuated the significance of maintaining ethical standards and high sense of integrity with a meaningful demonstration of supporting and resisting demands of corruption. He noted that actions and activities must not defeat the mantra of the SLP as “a Force for Good. Thullah highlighted various methods of reporting corruption and underscored the central role reporting corruption occupies in combatting same.