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He said the initiative had contributed greatly towards capacitating serving members of the Sierra Leone Police, especially in the area of preventing children from taking parts in warfare, noting that the country’s national police force was now well capacitated to train other countries in the sub-region, on how to prevent children from participating in armed conflict. Speaking on behalf of the Sierra Leone Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, Francis A Munu expressed profound gratitude to the Romeo Dallaire, Child Soldiers Initiative for selecting Sierra Leone as one of its hobs for the training of security personals on how to prevent children from taking part in combat activities. He informed the gathering that due to the multiple and professional training facility, the country had benefited from this all important drive , it had been selected as one of the countries in the sub-region to train officers within the sub-region, on how to protect children from partaking in arm conflict . The Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu furthered that though Sierra Leone is not at war at the moment, but that he is confident that the Sierra Leone police force are well capacitated to preventing children from partaking in any armed conflict. He also noted that the country’s security personnel were excelling at peacekeeping missions, as a result of the numerous professional trainings; they had received from the Romeo Dallaire- Child Soldiers Initiative over the years. As a result of that the police boss seized the opportunity to call on the founder of the organization, General Romeo Dallaire to continue his good work and support the security forces of Sierra Leone, as they would make good use of every opportunity offered by the organization. In his statement the founder of the Romeo Dallaire, Child Soldiers Initiative, Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire said that he established the above named organization, with the view to help prevent the Rwanda Genocide situation from repeating it ugly trend. He noted that the aim of the organization is to prevent children from taking parts in armed conflict, and that he could only achieved his dream through regular trainings of security personnel on how to prevent children during armed conflicts situation. Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire further intimated the gathering that his organization has conducted several trainings facility for many countries around the world, including Sierra Lone on how to keep children away from conflict situations. He stressed that he was impressed with the way and manner Sierra Leone peacekeeping officers were conducting themselves in peacekeeping missions in other countries, adding that due to the excellent and professionalism of executing required duties, Sierra Leone has been selected as one of the countries that would be responsible for training other officers in other countries on how to protect children in conflict situation. He went on to state that very soon, his organization would commence trainings facility for community people, on how to prevent children from taking part in warfare and concluded that the organization’s long cardinal objective is to totally eradicate the idea of using children’s as soldier during war situations.

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