The Director of Sierra Leone Police Media, Ibrahim Samura, stands to be corrected on his estimation about the current Sierra Leone Police as compared to that of the Colonial Police Force in Sierra Leone
Samura did not mince his words when he categorically submitted that ‘at 50 the current Sierra Leone police out shines colonial police force’, noting that it stands tall among other forces in Africa because they are not only professional and a force for good, but they are very much mindful of the fundamental rights of the people whom they seek to protect.
He said this attribute could not be compared to the colonial police force in Sierra Leone and the sub-region because, according to him, they were too loyal to their masters rather than seeking the interest of the people whom they protect or serve.
He said even when they are operating under low motivation; they strive very hard to keep their heads above waters because they are under oath to uphold the fundamental principles of the national constitution which mandated them to give up their best in safe guarding national security.
He said the colonial police force were doing their best to please their masters but they were never a force for good as in the case of the current police force which has gone through several capacity building and training programmes at both local and international levels.
During the colonial administration, he said the force was not up to 1000 credible officers as compared to now when the number has swelled up to 9,5000 officers who work around the clock with no time to rest .
He said they have no time to rest because the increase in population of present day Sierra Leone has resulted to an increase in crimes all over the country, and therefore have to go the extra mile to contain the security situation in the country.
“We have always become targets by both the general public and the rebellious group because our job is a complex one”. During the course of the war, many police officers were slain in cold blood by rebels because “we were perceived as enemies by both the rebels and the public” he said.
He said the Sierra Leone Police can boast of nearly 200 post-graduate masters’ degree holders and 600 graduates in specialized disciplines and are all putting serious efforts into the security work of the state. He concluded that with innovation under the force for good, a number of units such as the family support unit, the police media unit and many more were created and are manned by professional personnel.