The courage statement delivered by the Director of Sudan Police Force, General EzzAddeen Sheikh Ali is really a step forward and deserves appreciation. It represents a kick-off for a long waited police reform process.
In the short video circulated in the media outlets, the newly appointed director of police said, while addressing traffic police and other units, that those who do not perform their duties perfectly will be subject to transference to remote areas and to be replaced by others who could do the job in a professional manner.
The statements of General Sheikh Ali were clear as reflected his anger towards the fragile dealing of the police forces towards the daily events, especially during the period that followed the downfall of Al Bashir’s regime on April 11, 2019.
It is obvious for any citizens in Greater Khartoum in particular that the police forces which are supposed to prevent the daily crimes such as looting, theft, and even killings which recorded high rates in the recent months are not doing their job according to their mandate and are usually the last to react.
General Sheikh Ali laid the first foundation brick in the police reform building to make the logo of Police Forces Are to Serve People a reality.
The statement of the Police Director were received by relief from people from all walks of life as it will remove the fears and make them feel that everything is under control so that they can move and sleep freely.
The statements of the Police Director will bring back the absent confidence between the police forces and the citizens which was shaking during the past months.
Needless to say that the police forces have enormous missions during the transitional period as they are supposed to monitor and make sure that are enjoying their rights freely and without violence.
People need to express their demands in public gatherings like what we saw in the sit-ins which overwhelmed several areas in the country as one of the civilized methods to protest. Such gatherings and sit-ins should be protected by the police forces to avoid any violent circumstances.
The successful (Cursory Lightening Operation) launched by the police forces in the Khalifa Mosque Square in Omdurman aiming at deterring gangs of looting which became regular phenomena in Greater Khartoum deserves appreciation. The seizure of hundreds of motorbikes which were using in looting and other crimes proved that our police forces are now on the right track.