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Police trainers receive election-related training

Sierra Leonean police officers started a training-for-trainers course on Monday in preparation for May's presidential and legislative elections, the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) reported.

The course, run by UNAMSIL civilian police officers (CIVPOL), will initially train 26 Sierra Leonean police officers as instructors. It is taking place at the Police Training School in Hastings, some 25 km north of the capital, Freetown. Subject areas covered include the new electoral laws, human rghts violations, election-related offences, and the role of the police during the electoral period, UNAMSIL reported. On completion of the course, the graduates will, in turn, train more than 300 field training officers and field unit commanders.

The training of all police officers due to take up election duties is expected to be completed by the first week of May, UNAMSIL said. Elections are scheduled to take place on 14 May.

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