Sierra Leone Police

The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) is the national police force of the Republic of Sierra Leone, that is primarily responsible for law enforcement and crime investigation throughout Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone Police is under the jurisdiction of the Sierra Leone Ministry of Internal Affairs, a cabinet ministry in the Government of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Police
Common nameSalone Police
Abbreviation(SLP)
MottoA Force for Good
Agency overview
Formed1894
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionSierra Leone, Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone
Map of Sierra Leone Police's jurisdiction
Legal jurisdictionThroughout Sierra Leone
Governing bodyGovernment of Sierra Leone
Operational structure
HeadquartersGeorge Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Officers12,500
Agency executive
  • Ambrose Sovula, Inspector General of Police
Parent agencySierra Leone Ministry of Internal Affairs
Website
http://www.police.gov.sl/
http://www.police.sl

The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) is headed by the Inspector General of police (IGP), who is the overall head of the police force. The Inspector General of Police is appointed by the president of Sierra Leone and must be confirmed by the Sierra Leone Parliament. The Sierra Leone president has the constitutional authority to fire the Inspector General of Police at any time.

The current Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police is Ambrose Sovula, who was appointed by president [[Julius Maada Bio in March 2020, to replace Inspector General of Police Richard Moigbe who retired after reaching the mandatory retirement age. Ambrose Sovula was previously Assistant Inspector general of Police for the Western Area.

The Sierra Leone Police was established by the British colony in 1894 and is one of the oldest police forces in West Africa.