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ďFreetown is Safest CityĒ :- says Douglas Alexander
By Sierra Leone Police Media Relations
Feb 27, 2008, 17:07
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Sierra Leone Police Media Relationals

Mr. Douglas Alexandra, the British Secretary of state for International Development has described Freetown the safest city in Africa.

According to him, he had traveled in almost all the major cities in Africa and there is none as safe as Freetown. This he said is due to the efficiency and professionalism of the Sierra Leone Police. He cited the success of the last general elections which was acclaimed as one of the most peaceful, free and fair elections. This he also said is an instant where donor funds made a difference.

He promised Britainís financial support to Sierra Leone in the sum of thirty-two million pounds sterling.

Similar statement about Sierra Leone security situation has been made by the former ERSG in Sierra Leone Victor Angelo who is presently proclaiming the efficiency of the Sierra Leone Police in manning the security of the country and the prevailing atmosphere of peace, security and tranquility.

The UNICEF Country Representative said on Wednesday in a presentation ceremony of three vehicles to the Family Support Unit at the Conference Hall at Police Headquarters that for the part three years of his tenure of office, the SLP has been playing a pivotal role in restoring peace and security in the country, adding that the Sierra Leone Police is the best he has seen in the sub-region.

The 2007 perception survey conducted by two renowned International Organisations: Defence for Children International (DCI) and Mankind Activities for Development and Accreditation Movement (MADAM) indicated that 73% of the people of Sierra Leone appreciated the Sierra Leone Police and regarded it as "A Force for Good".

The survey was conducted between November 23rd and December 10th 2007. Five hundred people were interviewed, 252 female and 245 male respectively. The survey indicated that the SLP has been very proactive in its operations and has been frequently responding to distress calls. It also indicated that there has been a significant improvement in the relationship between the SLP and the people.

Discipline in the SLP has also improved as a result of the establishment of the Complaint Discipline and Internal Investigations Department (CDIID) and there has been a tremendous increase in the respect for Human Rights and a drastic reduction in crime rate.

Police personnel have also been participating on Peace Keeping Missions. Between 2004-2005, seven Police personnel participated in a Peace Keeping Mission in Haiti and twenty others are presently doing likewise in Dafur.

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