Detective Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Foday Kallon, Crime Officer of Waterloo Division, on Monday 31st July 2023 bid farewell to the Police family after an illustrious career spanning 38 years with the Sierra Leone Police.
Enrolled in the Sierra Leone Police on the 21st of June 1985 as a Constable with Force Number 3081, DSP Foday Kallon started his policing career in Port Loko where he spent 10 years after graduating from the Police Training School, Hastings. On the 1st of July 1989, DSP Foday Kallon was enrolled in the Crime Family as a registered detective where he spent 34 uninterrupted years and steadily rose to become Crime Officer of Airport, Anvil, Kambia, Kissi, and Waterloo Divisions respectively. He also headed the Homicide Unit at the CID Headquarters in Freetown.
At a low-key late evening send-off event held in the conference room of the Waterloo Police Divisional Headquarters, the LUC of Waterloo CSP Ibrahim M. Sama, remarked that the “character and success story of DSP Kallon is worth emulating. Your sound judgment was what I trusted and relied on. You are a complete Police officer worthy of your salt”, he concluded.
Many other speakers including Detective Sergeant Marion Kamara, the NCO Crime of Waterloo CID gave glowing eulogies about the character of DSP Foday Kallon. Hence, she stated that “Mr. Kallon was a father figure to us. He hardly gets angry with anyone. He is content and courageous. His trademark broad smile was a source of comfort for everyone”, she concluded with tears flowing down her cheeks.
In his short speech, DSP Foday Kallon thanked God for guiding him throughout his 38 years in the Sierra Leone Police. He offered prayers for his late parents whom he described as ‘local farmers’. Narrating his journey with Sierra Leone Police, DSP Foday Kallon recounted that “When I joined the SLP in 1985, I was paid 101 Leones. I encourage you to love and cherish this noble job. Do not reject transfers and do not fight for position, office, or rank. Treat everyone with utmost respect and sincerity. Be nice to suspects. Invest in your children and always prepare for a comfortable retirement”, the veteran retired Police detective advised.
A bulky brown-colored sealed envelope was presented to DSP Foday Kallon by the LUC of Waterloo, CSP Mr. Ibrahim M. Sama as light refreshments and friendly banters climaxed the send-off event.