Friday the 22nd November 2019 saw the opening of a new Detention facility at PWD Kissy Police Post by the Regional Commander of Freetown East, Aiah Edward Samadia.
The detention facility construction was spearheaded by the Officer Commanding PWD Kissy Police Post ASP Isatu Kargbo and her team of hardworking personnel.
Funds for the construction of this detention facility were drawn from personnel working at the Post, LEOCEM and other meaningful community stakeholders.
During the opening ceremony, statements were made by the Officer In Charge of the Post, ASP Isatu Kargbo, the LUC Harbour Division, the Contractor of the facility, the Chief Imam in the Community and the Regional Commander.
The Officer in Charge in her statements informed her audience that the project has been in the pipeline since 2016 but that on her transfer as Officer Commanding she coordinated and collaborated with her personnel and other community stakeholders to have the facility erected.
The LUC On her part stated that there was valid need for the facility considering the fact that the detention facility that was at the Post was not very conducive and also looking at the growing trend of criminal activities there is need for adequate and habitable detention facility.
She applauded the O/C and her team for such a wonderful work done.
The Regional Commander Freetown East mentioned among other things that he himself is a human rights activist and defender for which he observed that the concept of presumption of innocent must always be applied to suspects in custody.
For this reason, he admonished that even though the facility is small but then it was a step in the right direction. He furthered that the power of the police is in the detention facility for which reason such facility must always be tidy. He advised personnel to strictly go by what the law stipulates more so in dealing with suspects and the Community they are serving.
He said he was planning to construct an international standard detention facility at the Regional Headquarters at Ross Road in the not too distance future.