Police Open Academy


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Inspector General of Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Dr. Richard Moigbe on Wednesday 5th September, 2018 disclosed that they have received a letter of provision certificate from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to operate a Peacekeeping and Law Enforcement Academy.

According to the police chief, they received the letter of provision certificate from TEC on Tuesday 4th September, 2018 and that the police academy would be offering two programmes – professional policing courses and general academic courses.

The idea for the establishment of the academy, Dr. Moigbeh said, was borne out of the fact that senior officers of the Executive Management Board (EMB) had been to different universities around the world and were highly educated academically and professionally for which they thought it fit to manage the knowledge for the good of the country.

Government through the institution, the IG said, spent huge sums of money on training officers abroad, while the SLP have a reservoir of knowledge at home.

“We therefore decided to work on a project for the establishment of an academy that would solve this problem,” Dr. Richard Moigbe said. The academy, he said, was established by law during the last Parliament for it to gain its full legal status to operate.

The academy, the IG said, now has the mandate to train police personnel in various courses that would lead to the award of certificates, diplomas and higher diplomas respectively.

In another development, the SLP in collaboration with the Office of National Security (ONS) and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) recently conducted a massive raid on four major villages in Gbinleh Dixon Chiefdom, Kambia District and brushed large quantities of suspected illegal plants.

The villages, according to the police, were Maforay, Thaima, Mafaray and Mahony, adding that the harvested plants were handed over to the Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU) as exhibit. Though no suspect was arrested, the Deputy Head of TOCU reportedly gave stern warnings to the elders of the four villages.