The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) East Elizabeth Turay has told the people of the Eastern region that the election has come and gone and appealed to all to turn a new page for development.
The AIG East was speaking at a Police Community relations meeting in Kenema convened in honour of the visiting Deputy Inspector General of Police O.B.M. Somasa.
AIG Turay thanked all for their positive support to the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) before, during and after elections though there were minor problems which were immediately resolved.
She gave special thanks to the junior personnel of the police force whom she described as the labour force.
Explaining about the constraints of the police force in the region she said the police has been encountering huge health problems because they have a huge bill to settle with the doctors in the region.
Talking about infrastructure she revealed that the police barracks is deplorable and there are not enough vehicles to serve the police.
She appealed to the Deputy Inspector General of police to provide a health post for the police in their division, stressing on accommodation and the promotion for her personnel.
In his keynote address at the Kenema police division conference hall the Deputy Inspector General of police Mr. Oliver B.M.Somasa explained that he is in Kenema for three main reasons, that is to see his place of origin, to see the junior personnel’s on the ground who he said do the work and lastly to access the failure and successes of his men and to correct the mistakes immediately.
He disclosed that the AIG East is a class A officer and therefore the region is classed as ‘A’ and asked them to continue the good work.
He pointed out that he is very much impressed with the high commendation from the public about the police personnel and assured them that their effort will not go in vain.
He therefore stressed on the strengthening of community policing stating that without the community the police will not succeed in it’s duty.
Talking about the welfare of the police he said they are not motivated if someone thinks about what they take home at the end of the month.
He assured his men that their welfare in terms of Medicare, infrastructure and mobility is not only on his priority list but also in his heart at all times and very soon they will realize changes.
He appealed to the community people to continue the good relationship with the police and to continue helping the police in diverse ways.
The Assistant Superintendent of police Gloria Macauley gave the vote of thanks.
Superintendent Karefa Keita the host support officer chaired the meeting.