In a bid to reduce crime along the Aberdeen Lumley beach in Freetown, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the National Tourist Board and the Sierra Leone Police has commenced training for 57 beach marshals.
Speaking to the trainees at the Tourist Board yesterday at the commencement of the training the General Manager of the National Tourist Board, Yasim Kargbo, said the training of the beach marshals is to equip them with basic knowledge on maintaining law and order within the beach.
He cautioned that over the years many crimes have been committed along the beach scaring away visitors and urged the trainees to ensure lives and properties are protected within the beach.
He noted that some of the beach marshals are also drawn from the beach boys who hang around the area and urged them to protect visitors.
The Board Chairman of the National Tourist Board, Ahmed Wurie, applauded the initiative for the establishment of beach marshals for the protection of the beach noting that so many crimes have been committed along the beach in the past.
The AIG Western Area, A. M. Keilli cautioned the beach marshals from stealing from cars and from visitors who go to the beach for business or leisure and encouraged them to also respect visitors to the beach.
He further spoke about the indiscriminate use of drugs along the beach and the high rate of prostitution, which has become an eye sore to visitors and many businesses.
He implored the beach marshals not to collude with criminals in causing havoc along the beach as drastic actions will be taken against culprits.
The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sidi Yayah Tunis, welcomed the training of beach marshal and spoke about plans to expand it to other beaches around the peninsular area to reduce the rampant sand mining other crimes along the beaches.
One of the trainees, Junior Strasser, on behalf of his colleagues expressed commitment and determination to protect lives and properties at the beach with maximum discipline among the marshals.