In a significant step towards fortifying the bilateral ties between the Shandong Police College of China and the Sierra Leone Police, a delegation led by the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Wang Qing, met with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) – Mr. William Fayia Sellu on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at the Police Headquarters in Freetown.

Expressing appreciation, Sui Congorong, the Vice President of Shandong Police College, conveyed gratitude for the opportunity to visit Sierra Leone and engage with IGP Sellu. The purpose of their visit was outlined, focusing on gaining insights into Sierra Leone Police (SLP) trainees at Shandong Police College and understanding the IGP’s future capacity building needs.

Sui Congorong provided details about the Shandong Police College, established in 1946, with two campuses dedicated to in-service training and foreign aid. The college has hosted more than sixty international training programs since the initiation of its international initiatives. Stressing the robust diplomatic ties between China and Sierra Leone over fifty-two years, she affirmed China’s commitment to supporting Sierra Leone in various capacities.

Ambassador Wang Qing reaffirmed China’s commitment to assisting the Sierra Leone Police with necessary capacity and equipment, anticipating increased opportunities in the New Year to strengthen cooperation and enhance the relationship between the two nations.

IGP William Fayia Sellu expressed gratitude to Ambassador Wang Qing for facilitating the connection between the SLP and Shandong Police College, highlighting the enduring friendship between China and Sierra Leone. He acknowledged China’s substantial support, particularly in training programs and the donation of a state-of-the-art Digital Data Forensic Laboratory Equipment for police investigations.

IGP Sellu welcomed the delegation from Shandong Police College, providing insights into the organizational structure of the SLP, including regional divisions and key directorates. Expressing joy about the visit, he reiterated the focus on capacity building for police officers, underscoring the productive nature of the friendship between the two countries.

Notably, IGP Sellu expressed interest in reciprocating the visit by planning a trip to Shandong Police College, a proposal that received immediate approval.

The visit concluded with a tour of the Sierra Leone Peacekeeping and Law Enforcement Academy (SILEA) at Hastings, involving interactions with ACP Mrs. Esther Dukuray, the Director of Training. This marked a pivotal moment in the collaborative efforts between the Shandong Police College and the Sierra Leone Police, fostering mutual understanding and cooperation for the benefit of both nations.