The Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) and AdvocAid Sierra Leone have today 8th November, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the IPCB headquarters, New England Ville in Freetown.
The purpose of the MoU is to among other things provide a framework for the way in which the IPCB and the AdvocAid will deal with the referral of matters which fall within the remit of both organizations; acknowledge the preparedness of the IPCB and AdvocAid, in the public interest, to share with each other as far as is legal and practicable and with a duty of fairness towards the complainant, information in each agency’s possession relevant to matters within the jurisdiction of the other; and also reaffirm the commitment of the IPCB and AdvocAid to the development of a positive and constructive working relationship to achieve the shared goal of the achievement of true democracy in Sierra Leone.
The signing of the MoU is consistent with Section 7 of the IPCB Regulations, 2013 which provides that in the performance of its functions, “the Board as it thinks appropriate may work in cooperation or in consultation with, or disseminate intelligence and information to any person or body whether public or private”. The MoU was signed by Emerlin George, Board Secretary of the IPCB and Rebecca Wood, Executive Director of AdvocAid Sierra Leone.
The IPCB had previously signed similar MoU with the Ombudsman’s Office, Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) and National Commission for Democracy (NCD); and hope to sign same with other institutions, including the Sierra Leone Police (SLP).
The Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) is a non-departmental public body established in July 2013 by the Police Council under Section 158 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991, (Act No. 6 of 1991).
The functions of the IPCB, as set out in the regulations Section 3 (1&2), provide the IPCB with a broad mandate to not only receive complaints, but also to investigate specific cases of police abuses, and recommend proactive remedial action that can be taken to avoid future reoccurrence.
AdvocAid Sierra Leone was founded in 2006 to offer holistic legal support to disadvantaged women in Sierra Leone by providing free legal representation, education, welfare and rehabilitation support as well as post-prison support.