AYV News May 24, 2023
Personnel from the Sierra Leone Police attached to the Harbour Police Division in the east end of Freetown have engaged communities in that part of the country on the need to ensure peaceful political campaigns for the 2023 elections.
Local Unit Commander (LUC) of the Harbour Police Division, Chief Superintendent Emmanuel S. Kpulun said they have held consultative meetings with the various chairmen of the zonal Policing Partnership Committee (ZPPC) and members of the Local Policing Partnership Board (LPPB) to map out strategies on how to peacefully police the campaigns.
LUC Kpulun used the meetings to sympathise community members for the recent flood disasters that faced them few weeks ago.
He encouraged all members to put hands on deck for the campaign period of the general elections, adding: “your contributions to the Force cannot be underestimated and without your cooperation, our job as police officers will be very difficult.”
Melbourne Greene, Regional LPPB General Secretary Freetown-East, thanked the police for recognising the sacrifices of all CSV, ZPPC and LPPB members even though they are not paid for it.
He pleaded that some of their hardworking CSVs be included in the police recruitment process, and also appealed for some rain outfits to be provided for CSVs, especially for night patrol and checkpoint duties.
Various zonal chairmen, CSV representatives and LPPB members assured the LUC that they will hold subsequent meetings with community stakeholders and political party representatives in their various communities to map out a peace plan in concert with the campaign calendar.