The Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) has in November, 2019 trained 151 community residents, including police officers, chiefs, women’s groups, drivers, bike riders, chiefdom police officers, teachers among others in Koindu Town in Kailahun District, Yele Town in Tonkolili District and Sahn Malen Town in Pujehun District.
The aim of the capacity building programme was not only to enlighten the participants on Police Oversight and Accountability in Sierra Leone; Democratic Policing and Its Benefits to Society; and Use of Force and Firearms by Police Officers in Sierra Leone, but also an opportunity to enhance stakeholders’ relationship and further strengthen public awareness on the mandate and functions of the IPCB as an oversight institution for the Sierra Leone Police.
The one week activity was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the on-going project of Strengthening the Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights in Sierra Leone.
The training sessions were facilitated by Amadu Femoh Sesay, Communications Officer and Lead Facilitator; Vandy Bawoh, Regional Outreach Officer-East; Joseph Sesay, Regional Outreach Officer-North; and Mustapha Musa, Regional Outreach Officer-South.
The trainings were conducted in the following locations: