In a bid to prepare Security Forces in Sierra Leone (Military, Police, Prison Officers, Fire Force and Private Security Guards) for international Peace Mission, Institute de Français (French Institute) situated at 29 Rawdon Street in Freetown, will be organizing French classes to help improve on the level of French speaking to enable security forces personnel represent this nation internationally.
Mr. Ahmed Mansaray, Director of the Institute, said they thought it fit to come up with this idea because the world is looking out for Security Forces from Sierra Leone to help build peace in other countries, as the country has succeeded in post-war Police form after the war.
He added that he is proud as his Institution is the first to start this initiative in the country, citing Senegal as one country that is multi-lingual as compared to Sierra Leone that is trying to be bi-lingual.
According to Mr. Mansaray, they will concentrate on Police terminology, that is, the use of commands, what terms to use and how to investigate a French criminal to name but few.
He added that the course will run for six months starting from 1st June 2011 and that the fee for the course is two hundred thousand Leones (Le 200,000) every three months.
LUC, CSP Bakarr S. Koroma from Adelaide Street Police Station, said the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has benefited from French classes before this time, as he is one of the beneficiaries.
He stated that they were trained to represent the country in Haiti as members of a Peace Keeping Force, but only four among them were selected to go as they were able to communicate effectively in French.
He added that French is very important in working with United Nations but his worry is about funding the project as they have about ten thousand Police Officers that might want to gain this education.
Representing the Prisons Department, CSP Tommy Bull, said presently they have only 3 Prison Officers that can communicate effectively in French in the whole country which is not good at all.
According to him, this course will help them in dealing with French prisoners without any problem.
By Alhaji Manika Kamara