The Sierra Leone Police, in a meeting of its Executive Management Board chaired by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Richard Moigbe, has on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 confirmed the upgrade of the Aberdeen Police Station to a Local Unit Command that will now be led by the newly appointed Aberdeen Local Unit Commander, Superintendent Edward Aiah Samadia.
The upgrade was in reaction to calls for better policing along the Aberdeen creek, the Lumley beach and other important installations in Aberdeen. Calls had been made to expand the scope and function of the Police in the area by raising the status of the Aberdeen Police area to a Local Unit Command.
|Supt. Edward Aiah Samadia whilst serving as an AU Peacekeeper
What this means is that Aberdeen under command of Supt. Samadia will now get a larger number of personnel and a self accounting management system. The strategic importance of this upgrade is that Aberdeen’s residents and important tourist installations will benefit from command level policing at close proximity to their location, and furthermore, policing decisions and policies would now be designed to meet the local needs of the community at Aberdeen.
Previously, such decisions had to come from Congo Cross and Lumley Police stations where Local Unit Commanders had to decide on the priorities for policing the Aberdeen area.
This upgrade of the Aberdeen policing area is timely, coming at the back of a spate of vicious attacks, an unprecedented rape incident and malicious thefts along the beach road. It also aims to strengthen policing in an area that is considered to be vital to the development of Tourism in Sierra Leone.
It is considered a mandate for the Police to respond to critical policing needs especially in such locations where the image of the country is at stake and the security of international guests are under threat of degrading into lawlessness.
The Police has shown that it is responsive to local policing needs and the senior management structure at the Sierra Leone Police have acted swiftly regain the impetus in providing community based policing for Aberdeen.
The request to upgrade the Aberdeen area was captured in a concept note presented to the Police Executive Management Board by a former Inspector General, W J Siaffa.
In his concept note, Mr Siaffa outlined the policing arguments for strengthening the Aberdeen policing area to a local unit command and highlighted the benefit that such a move would bring to the interests of tourism and local control over law and order.
Meanwhile, the award-winning Supt. Samadia comes with a wealth of experience in operational command having served as one of the most effective Operations Officer in the East end of Freetown. He has also served as an international police keeper with aplomb that brought honour to Sierra Leone. In addition, Samadia’s managerial abilities and high sense of professionalism were marked when he served for several years and until few months ago, as the Aide de Camp to the former Vice President.
Supt. Samadia’s management and policing experience are considered to be of the quality that is needed to make the transition smooth and beneficial, providing local needs policing to the people and communities of Aberdeen. The appointment has already been widely welcomed by a cross section of the community.
Original article by SLP Communications Unit with additional materials by Awareness Times.
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