Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In response to the attempted failed coup on November 26th, leading to the temporary release of inmates, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), William Fayia Sellu, has made a significant donation to the Sierra Leone Correctional Services (SLCS). Two brand-new computers, along with their accessories, were handed over to facilitate data regularization efforts in the aftermath of the incident.
Following the unfortunate events of November 26th, the IGP sought support from the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the West Africa Police Information System (WAPIS) to issue an international notice for the arrest of fugitives. Some individuals had returned to SLCS facilities shortly after the incident, while others were apprehended within Sierra Leone.
To streamline communication for the arrest of these fugitives, INTERPOL and WAPIS requested a comprehensive dataset of all prisoners on the run. The ensuing data request exposed challenges in the records of inmates serving sentences at the Pademba Road and Special Court correctional facilities.
In response to these challenges, officials from INTERPOL and WAPIS arrived in Sierra Leone on December 25, 2023, to commence a data regularization exercise at SLCS.
During the handing-over ceremony, Dr. Mohamed Yansaneh, Program Coordinator for WAPIS and head of the visiting team, expressed gratitude to the IGP and the Director General of SLCS for their support and the access provided to carry out data regularization operations in correctional facilities. Dr. Yansaneh urged SLCS management to efficiently use the standard template developed by the team for proper data recording.
Colonel Sheiku Sulaiman Massaquoi, Acting Director General of SLCS, received the symbolic presentation of the computer donation and thanked the IGP and the visiting team for their findings and observations. He emphasized that the incident of November 26th would serve as a catalyst for improving the data collection systems.
Colonel Massaquoi disclosed that the support to SLCS would extend beyond providing computers, including office furniture and professional personnel to enhance the capacity of SLCS personnel. He stated, “We can use this moment as a pilot phase for the collection of quality data as crash training,” emphasizing the commitment to supporting the process, recognizing the importance of data quality in maintaining accurate records. SKS/1/1/2024