In a public notice released today, the Sierra Leone Police has affirmed its commitment to ensuring a safe and secure festive season for all citizens. The Police authorities urge the public to observe the yuletide in peace while emphasizing certain regulations to be followed.
According to the Inspector General of Police, citizens are reminded that “it is unlawful for any person or group of persons to sound or play loud music or noisy instruments after 10:00 p.m.,” as stated in Section 13 of the Public Order [Amendment] Act, 2020.
Additionally, the Police stress the illegality of engaging in street processions or street carnivals without written permission from the Inspector General of Police, citing Section 14 of the Public Order [Amendment] Act, 2020.
Concerns about public safety extend to the use of firearms and fireworks. Section 6 of the Public Order [Amendment] Act, 2020, prohibits the firing of guns or the use of fireworks, rockets, or missiles that may cause injury or annoyance to others.
Saloon bars and entertainment venues are reminded of their official closing hour at 11:00 p.m., as per Section 27 of Cap 238 of the Liquor Licensing Ordinance.
The Police emphasize enforcement when there is a reasonable belief that these establishments’ operations disturb the community.
Driving under the influence remains a grave offense, with Section 102 of the Road Traffic Act, 2007, emphasizing the illegality of driving while intoxicated. Furthermore, Section 5 of the Road Traffic Act, 2007, highlights the prohibition of driving unregistered vehicles after 6:00 p.m.
The moratorium on street jogging continues, and the prohibition on “okada” operations in the Central Business District of Freetown and other restricted areas remains in force.
Esoteric societies, mask devils, and masquerades are reminded to obtain written police clearance from the Inspector General of Police for any processions, as per existing regulations.
Religious bodies and other entities planning street processions must adhere to the law by obtaining written permission from the Inspector General of Police, according to Section 17 of the Public Order [Amendment] Act, 2020.
All Police Commanders are instructed to enforce these regulations professionally and considerately.
The Inspector General and the entire Sierra Leone Police extend warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year (2024) to all citizens.