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Prison Watch concludes COVID-19 Training for police officers


The Prison Watch Sierra Leone has with funds from their partner; Dignity concluded training for police officers across the country.

The training was done in two phases with the first leg of the training conducted in Bo for those in the South and East and the second leg in Makeni for police officers in the north and Western Area.

Head of Office in Makeni, Lansana John Coker said the training is part of capacity building for police officers so as to prevent the COVID-19 from entering detention facilities.

He said as a human right organization that work towards the dignity of suspects and those serving jail terms, it is but fitting they support the police and equipped them so that the virus will not spread.

He said police officers receive complaints from the public on daily basis while at the same time take custody of offenders, which is why they decided to have such training.

“We are happy for this training because police officers will be able to protect themselves, their families and suspects in their custody. Take the training seriously and make the best use of it,” he said.

Head of training for the Sierra Leone police, Assistant Inspector General Sahr Marka, thanked Prison Watch Sierra Leone for providing the training,adding that it will help the police in their day to day operation.

“We know people come with complaints daily and we also have suspects in our custody. The possibility is there to bring COVID-19 into our detention facilities. This training is timely and will help the police to safeguard themselves and suspects in their custody,” he said.

AIG Marka added that Corona is real and deadly and must not be allowed to enter detention facilities.

“We are going to put all what we have learnt here into practice and make sure we abide by the rule and regulations put forward by government and all that we have been thought here. Only by this we will be able to prevent corona from entering our facilities,”he stated.

The training witnesses facilitators from the EOC sharing information on the virus and what officers need to understand while they carry out their duties.

In his presentation on the origin and background of the disease, Training facilitator, Dr. Aian Wuriestated that the virus is now in the country and as such everyone must guide against it.

He gave a long list of people that are vulnerable and can catch the disease including people with underlying disease such as diabetes, TB and HIV, ass well as people in detention.

Sierra Leone recorded its first case of corona virus on March 31st 2020. The country has now recorded over four hundred cumulative cases with over two thousand people in quarantine.

Both training were climaxed by the donation of COVID-19 prevention materials to the police.

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