Police College Holds First Matriculation

 

By Thomas S. Kembay

The Sierra Leone Peacekeeping and Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA) commonly known as Police College last Saturday 13th April, 2019 held its first matriculation for fifty students at the college’s campus, Hastings, on the outskirts of Freetown.

In his keynote address, the Principal of Freetown Teachers College (FTC), Dr. Samba Moriba stated that irrespective of their numerous achievements, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has never been complacent thus their quest for quality and standards resulted in the establishment of SILEA, two years ago.

The SLP, he recalled, was established in 1964 and the police Act was enacted that consolidate and amended the laws relating to the force. Sierra Leone today, he said, enjoys peace and tranquility due to the tremendous work of the SLP. He informed the students that the ceremony is a statutory gathering which marks their official entering into SILEA and that after screening to oath and signing the register, they automatically become bonafide students of the academy.

In his contribution, the Principal of SILEA, Assistance Inspector General (AIG), Sahr Richard Marka explained that SILEA mission is to create an international training centre for security and law enforcement studies that seeks to explain the security development nexus.

“There is an increased demand for security service all over the world but there is no corresponding supply of readily trained and qualified professionals in the discipline,” said AIG Marka, noting that the establishment of SILEA is to fill that gap.

SILEA, he went on, will also help to develop the capacity and competencies of personnel of the SLP in contributing to effective maintenance of law and order, peace and stability.

Vice Principal and Commandant of SILEA, Supt. Franklyn Barwoh disclosed that SILEA was established by an Act of Parliament under Section 2(1) of Act No. 7 of the SILEA Act which gained accreditation from the Tertiary Education Commission Act No. 8 of 2001.

The Act, he said, gave the Academy mandate to offer Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor and other courses that are tailored to meet the specific security needs of the public and private corporations.

Head of Academic Affaires, Supt Allieu Jalloh also disclosed that SILEA received applications from two hundred and fifty people but that only fifty were offered admission into the Academy.

The fifty students, he said, will be trained and awarded Diploma in safety and security but assured that in years to come other courses will be added.