Some fifty (50) officers from the Sierra Leone Prisons department have received training from the Special Court of Sierra Leone on control and restrain.
According to the close protection officer of the Special Court, Robert Franks said that the court is provided with the faculty of control and restrain team which can deal with handling any situation that can occur with the detention facilities of the court whether the detainees comply or not.
Mr Franks stated that although these trainers have been trained at the Special Court centre they are all employees of the Sierra Leone prison sector of the Police.
Raymond Cardinal the Chief of Detention said that the facility was opened in August 2003 when nine detainees were transferred from Bonthe Island. At that time a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Police and prison officers seconded to the court to man the facility. The number he went on was increased to 55 in 2006. The prisoner officers have been exposed to the international minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners where safety, security and humane treatment is emphasised. Some of the areas that the prisoner studied include courses in resume writing, interview skills, computer, English and the minimum use of force.
Mr Cardinal hoped that “the legacy we leave behind is a highly trained corps of prison officers who will return to the Sierra Leone Prison Service as leaders and instructors.”
The Registrar of the court Binta Mansarary in her statement said that the court business has not been limited to prosecution as they prosecuted nine individuals but that the court also provide for the rule of law and it also enhance human right.
She said that the court passes a lot of legacy to the people of this country and urged the trainers to use their skills well as this will send a message to all that they don’t need to go to the Western world to acquire such skills.