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Elections: Workshop for police officers

4 August 2007 at 00:01 | 165 views

In its continued efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Republic of Sierra Leone Police (SLP), the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), in collaboration with the Government, the UN Police, UNIOSIL substantive sections and UNIFEM, has concluded a three-day capacity building workshop for middle career police officers on their role in ensuring violence-free presidential and parliamentary elections.

The workshop was held from 1 to 3 August for 40 women and 10 men and acquainted middle level police officers with human rights principles; citizenship and electoral laws; as well as conflict analysis and mediation. Among other issues discussed were the Code of Conduct for Political Parties as developed by the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC); security and democratization; crowd control; transitional justice; and negotiation skills.

In their joint presentation on the concept of gender, gender relations and the status of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Jebbeh Forster of UNIFEM and Enshrah Ahmed of UNIOSIL aimed on enhancing the capacity of police officers in dealing with the public and how to effectively handle domestic violence, especially for those working with the family support Unit of the SLP.

Addressing the officers, Mr. Navaraj Dahkal of the United Nations Police in Sierra Leone said, “we are here to strengthen the capacity of the SLP to address post-war challenges and consolidate the hard won peace in the country consistent with the mandate of UNIOSIL".

Assistant Inspector General of Police responsible for training, Mr. S.I.S. Koroma, paid particular tribute to the Executive Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sierra Leone, Mr. Victor Angelo, for his selfless commitment towards sustainable peace in the country adding that such commitment has earned him admiration among Sierra Leoneans.

Sheik Bakarr Kamara, outreach officer of UNIOSIL, emphasized the training’s consistency with Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) which is geared towards providing greater protection and build the capacity of women so that they "may become partners rather than followers".