Based on the successful policing of the June 24, 2023, multi-tier elections in Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) received lots of accolades from local and international observers.
The June 24 election, no doubt, was described as one of the most peaceful elections in the country.
Owing to that remarkable performance of the SLP, on Wednesday 26th July, 2023, Ambassador Abdel Fatau Musah – Commissioner for Political Affairs for Peace and Security in the ECOWAS Commission, requested the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police – Mr.William Fayia Sellu, to designate the SLP’s focal officer in charge of Elections Security Management, to participate in an experience sharing and capacity building workshop, to enhance the role of Police in an Electoral Security and Participatory Democracy in Liberia.
On the basis of that request, the IGP appointed Chief Superintendent of Police – Mr.Augustine Kamara, Head of SLP Electoral Security Management to represent the organisation.
CSP Augustine Kamara departed the shores of Sierra Leone for Liberia on the 12th of September 2023, as the workshop commenced on the 13th and ended on 16th September 2023.
As part of the engagements of the workshop, Mr. Kamara was tasked to deliver lectures on the following thematic areas, which he successfully achieved. Areas he handled included:
👉 Standard Guidelines on Elections Security Management Planning.
👉 Needs Assessment/Threat Assessments.
👉 Electoral Security Coordination.
👉 Gap Assessment and Deployment of Security Personnel.
👉 Post Elections Security.
Inclusive developing a work plan for the three phases of elections: Before, During and After the Electioneering Processes.
Participants were drawn from the various security sectors in Liberia, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Media and Peace Actors.
One of the members of the security sector In Liberia – Brigadier General Foyor, appreciated the SLP for the experience sharing session and described it as a learning curve for them in Liberia. However, Ambassador Abdel Fatau Musah extended thanks and appreciation to the IGP – Mr. William Fayia Sellu for honouring their request for a member of the SLP to participate in the workshop.