Kenema city, regional headquarter of eastern Sierra Leone is being rampaged by robbers and to this end, the Assistant Inspector General of Police-East, Alfred Karrow Kamara has vowed that he will not sleep until Kenema is returned to its normal states of security and peacefulness.
He said he will not sleep as long as those disturbing the peace and quiet of his people stay awake. He disclosed that over the last couple of weeks, he has been receiving several distress calls from the public reporting the nefarious acts of certain people including armed robbery and burglary attempts.
The AIG made this statement during an engagement with Awoko in his regional head quarter office along Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema.
He observed that over the years, Kenema city has expanded exponentially and this is putting extra stress on the security strength of the police. He noted however that in spite of this and other challenges, the police in Kenema must stand up to their constitutional responsibility of protecting lives of property across the city.
Karrow-Kamara disclosed his frequent meetings with local authorities as “a quick-fix” strategy. He said he has been having discussions with local authorities about the deteriorating security situation and has called for their total support by providing “adequate and appropriate information” to the police on the movements of persons during odd hours of the night. The AIG has reaffirmed his commitment and determination to ensuring that peace and security prevails in Kenema city.
“Criminals can only be defeated if we as a community and people agree to defeat them. We house them, we feed them, we talk to them and at some point we do business with them. Information on the strange movements of people if reported to the police can help address any threat to security in that community,” AIG Karrow-Kamara stated.
He called on the local chiefs of the various sections within the city to erect temporary security posts to be manned by police officers.
AIG Karrow-Kamara further disclosed they had earlier established Community Safety Volunteer (CSV) groups within the community to work alongside the regular police to reassure the people.
He also disclosed that so far, nine security posts have been erected and all are manned by local police personnel.
This move has so far been welcomed by local residents many of whom have described him as “a positive police officer with a proactive way of doing things”. However, many other residents are worried over this slump in security in Kenema city and are especially worried that the situation has worsened when the rainy season is approaching.