Officers of the Eastern Police Station on Saturday July 1st 2017, engaged the Fullah Town and Mountain City Communities in a one day dialogue forum on the need for young people to stop the practices of gangsterism and colour movements (Black flag and Red flag Movements) in that part of the country.
In his opening statement, Mr. Bockarie Bangura a Community teacher at Amaria Secondary School who doubles as the Chairman of the gathering, underscore the importance of the meeting that it will help to bring the two communities together. It can be recalled that Fullah Town and Mountain City have been in dispute for a long time.
The Operational Officer (OPS) Assistance Superintendent of Police Osman Kamara said that the idea was initiated by the Local Units Commander Superintendent Musa Bandabla. The OPS disclosed that they thought it prudent to conduct a visibility and Mapping studies to enable him to know both the rate and causes of crimes in both communities.
In his statement, the Local Unit Commander appreciated the efforts of the community for attending and participating in the forum. He went on to say that the meeting focus on building familiarization with community stakeholders and map out ways to enhance violence free community in that part of the country.
He pointed out the main theme of the meeting is fighting crime and fear of crime. He added that one must expect crime to take place in any country but he averred that young people must stay away from violence so that they would help to keep the peace of this country. He cited that Fullah Town and Mountain Cut are communities that were well known for peace but the two communities have today lost their good name all in the name of violence.
He continues that sometimes the police find it very difficult to execute their duties because of community stakeholders’ interference.He encouraged all stakeholders to participate in the fight against community crimes.
The Operational Commander ASP Osman Kamara said the meeting is one their sensitization tour to educate the people and their environs on crime and violence among youths.
Osman Bangura a member of the Community Safety Volunteer (CSV) and Rev. Tommy Douglas, Chairman of the Local Policing Partnership Board (LPPB) emphasized that the youths have their own role to play to end violence in the country.
The stakeholders in the Fullah Town and Mountain Cut request that government and development partners should assist them and constructed police posts in each community to help traced easily the perpetrators of violence in each community.
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