Freetown, Wednesday 27th March, 2019 – The Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) and the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Freetown.
The rationale for signing the MoU is to among other things provide a framework for the way in which the institutions will deal with the referral of matters which fall within the remit of both organizations; acknowledge the preparedness of the IPCB and the SLP; 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 both agencies to the development of a positive and constructive working relationship to achieve the shared goal in 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 Mr. Richard Shealton Freeman, Chairman of the IPCB and Dr. Richard Moigbe, Inspector General of Police.
The IPCB had previously signed similar MoUs with the Ombudsman’s Office, Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL), National Commission for Democracy (NCD) and AdvocAid Sierra Leone.
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.