Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – A group of Sierra Leonean police officers have made their nation proud after successfully completing an eight-week training program in Egypt. This intensive training, which covered various crucial subjects for their duties, was held at the International Security Training Centre.
The program brought together 110 participants from 32 African and Commonwealth countries. A graduation ceremony celebrated their achievements, with police officers receiving plaques and certificates from the Academic and Administrative Staff of the Egyptian Police Academy on October 19, 2023.
During the eight-week course, the police officers received instruction in leadership, community policing, human rights, and counter-terrorism, among other important subjects.
Superintendent Samuel Saio Conteh, Deputy Head of Community Relations in the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and a program beneficiary, explained that the graduation ceremony was a significant milestone, marked by the presence of the Deputy Minister of Interior, who is also the Principal Head of the Egyptian Police Academy.
The Sierra Leone Police Force had four graduates from the program: Superintendent Monica Johnson, Officer Commanding New England Ville Police Station at Police Headquarters; Inspector Alieu Mansaray, Media and Community Relations Officer at Congo Cross Division; and Mohamed Teteh Fofanah from the Operations Support Division.
Superintendent Conteh and his colleague officers received plaques and certificates from the Academic and Administrative Staff of the Egyptian Police Academy in recognition of their exceptional performance during the eight-week program.
After the certification ceremony, the four Sierra Leonean officers had the honour of meeting with the Plenipotentiary of Sierra Leone to Egypt, Ambassador Sadiq Sillah. Ambassador Silla expressed sincere appreciation for the “exemplary and exceptional performance” of these officers, acknowledging that he was well-informed by Colonel Maged, the Chief Instructor of the Egyptian Police Academy, about their outstanding performance.
Ambassador Silla lauded the officers for representing Sierra Leone with honour and flying the national flag high. He also highlighted the importance of the knowledge and skills they acquired during their training and encouraged them to share and implement these insights within the Sierra Leone Police Force.
The graduates expressed their gratitude to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. William Fayia Sellu, for his visionary leadership and dedication to capacity building.
Superintendent Conteh and his fellow officers believe that the successful completion of training in Egypt not only reflects the leadership and commitment of the Sierra Leone Police to professional development and capacity building but also strengthens bilateral relations between Egypt and Sierra Leone in the field of law enforcement. SKS/23/10/2023