The House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 8th August 2017, endorsed the first Sierra Leone Peace Keeping and Law Enforcement Academy Act 2017.
Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Retired Captain Alfred Paolo Conteh in presenting the Bill to the Well of Parliament said the Act will create academy for the training of Sierra Leone Police (SLP) for peace keeping operations across the world, Republic of Sierra Arm Forces (RSLAF) and other security bodies in the country.
Rtd. Alfred Paolo Conteh added that the academy will be useful to their sister forces and member countries in the Mano River Union which will benefit the academy and the country.He said the academy will provide professional qualifications starting from diploma, bachelor and post-graduate degrees respectively.
SLPP’s MP Hon. Dixon Rogers said the Act is relevant to the rest of the sub region, adding that Act will help the Sierra Leone Police in theimplementation of the motto “Force for Good.” He continued that he supported the Act due to the good leadership of the Sierra Leone Police, noting that there have been in some disciplines in the force. Hon. Rogers added that the graduates that will be coming from the academy will sell the good image of Sierra Leone to the entire world.
Hon. Patrick LahaiKargbo of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC)Party, said Sierra Leone has made history which countries in Africa will emulate. He stated that the academy will not be for dropout but they are looking for police officers that are highly educated as it will help to shape the image of the country.
Hon. Veronica Sesay extolled the Inspector General of Police, adding that the academy is good as it will help to maintain good discipline and create opportunities for the people.She informed that more women should be encouraged to get more qualifications in that academy across the country.
Other members from both sides of the House gave meaningful contribution during the debate.
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