Chris Charley Poised to be The Next Police Chief in Sierra Leone

AIG - Chris Charley

AIG - Chris Charley

Latest reports monitored by Newstime Africa in Sierra Leone have revealed that Joseph Pizarro Christian Charley is on the verge of becoming the next Inspector-General of Police. If all goes as planned, Chris Charley will be replacing Brima Acha Kamara who has served the force for six years and is believed to have made strides in improving the image of the force within these years. A source at Police Headquarters in Freetown, told Newstime Africa recently that ‘the current Inspector-General, Brima Acha Kamara has done his best in taking the force where it is at the moment…’ and further pointed out when asked, that ‘Chris Charley will likely be the next Police Boss.. He is a disciplined officer that can stand the test of time’.

When contacted on Friday, September 11th for his comment at his Kingharman Road Office, West of Freetown, Chris Charley, who is currently the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Western Area said if that happens, it would be an honour for him to ‘serve the country in that highest level…’ and that he believes he is fully equipped and has the experience and professional exposure to be the next Police Inspector-General. The Police Force, under its current leadership is said to be enjoying what is referred to as teamwork and as such, any likely replacement to Brima Acha Kamara is expected to enjoy the same relationship with other senior officers and according to Chris Charley, he is definitely sure of being able to work as a team player with his colleagues, in the event of him being made the next Inspector-General of Police.

Charley paid tribute to the current Police Boss for having taken the force to its current status, especially from the viewpoint of the restructuring process it has gone through and cautioned that ‘a likely replacement to him should continue with the restructuring process. Our colleague has done a formidable work in bringing changes in the SLP and whoever is coming should continue with that good work’, Charley went on to say. He also said, the success of the current IGP is attributed to the support he enjoyed from DFID and the government and called on stakeholders to ensure, such support is maintained in the future. ‘Without such support, we cannot deliver professional services’, he said.

It would be a big challenge he said in getting the government to continue to support the force. The office of the IGP, Charley stressed ‘should not be under the influence of anybody’. According to him, the Police Council should not ‘tell us how to achieve our task but should set tasks for us’.

Joseph Pizarro Christian Charley was enlisted into the force in 1984 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police after graduating from the Njala University. He had on the job training in various formations in the Sierra Leone Police. In 1991, he was appointed as Officer, Commanding the Criminal Investigations Department, Eastern Region. He was later appointed Senior Immigration Officer in 1993 where he served until he was also assigned to head the Special Branch of the Police Force in 1995. In 1998, he was head of the Research and Planning Unit. During this period, he supervised and managed the initial team that was tasked with the restructuring process of the force and was working closely with the Commonwealth Security and Safety Project.

J.P.  Chris Charley

J.P. Chris Charley

He has severed as Assistant Inspector-General of Police in several areas, including; Crime Services, Professional Standards Personnel and Welfare, Support Services and currently in charge of the Western Area. He has attended several conferences and seminars in Police Leadership in the UK, Nigeria and several other countries. He turned 54 years old this year.

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