Upholding Integrity: Calls for Ethical Conduct and Training Among South Sudan Police
In every nation, the role of the police is fundamental in safeguarding citizens and their property. Traditionally, this responsibility has been carried out without any expectation of financial transactions from the public, as the police are entrusted to serve the community free of charge.
However, concerns have been raised about the conduct of some police officers in South Sudan, particularly in Juba, where allegations of demanding inducements for facilitating access to detained relatives have surfaced. While it is crucial to recognize that not all officers engage in such practices, the actions of those who do run counter to the ethical standards expected of law enforcement.
In response to these issues, there is a growing call for comprehensive training programs for South Sudanese police personnel, aimed at reinforcing ethical standards and ensuring that officers adhere to their duty to assist citizens without any financial obligations. Those found acting unethically should face appropriate consequences to maintain the public’s trust in law enforcement.
The citizens, as the primary beneficiaries of police services, should not be subjected to payments for the assistance they rightfully deserve. The South Sudan Police Force plays a vital role in various aspects of daily life, including maintaining order in hospitals, banks, markets, public offices, and facilitating traffic flow on the roads.
Concerns have been particularly raised about checkpoints across the country, where motorists sometimes report being compelled to make unofficial payments to South Sudanese police officers to proceed. This practice not only tarnishes the image of the police but also raises questions about the integrity of the services they are constitutionally mandated to provide.
Efforts are now being urged to rectify these issues and uphold the reputation of South Sudan. The proper training of South Sudanese police officers, coupled with strict consequences for unethical behavior, is seen as a crucial step toward ensuring that law enforcement remains a trusted and reliable institution for all citizens.