ASP Monica Johnson
There was a time in our history when the very idea of a female police officer was unheard of. Today, there is a huge number of high-ranking female police officers in Sierra Leone.
This progress did not just happen overnight, though. It took years of smaller breakthroughs brought on by determined female officers like Rtd. AIG Kadie Fakondo, AIG Betty Turay, AIG Gloria O. V. Tarawally, AIG Memuna Konteh-Jalloh, and a few others in the face of a world that thought of women as nothing more than caretakers and housewives.
Last week saw another landmark breakthrough for women in the Police Force, as a woman was appointed to head the New England Police Station as Officer Commanding (OC) of the post.
She is Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Monica Johnson commonly known as ‘Monique de Unique’. She is among few the female Police officers who have broken the status quo and have upheld the adage that ‘what men can do, women can do even better. This quintessential Police officer is a holder of a Master’s degree from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and has worked as a Detective, and one of the best in that field.
She has been in the administrative field over the years and had served as an operations-minor-officer at the Central Police division where she helped to restore sanity and confidence between the Police and the community.
She also initiated a system to inspire officers at the Central Police Division, wherein hardworking police officers were awarded for their diligence and dedication. She has served as a lecturer at the Sierra Leone Peacekeeping and Law Enforcement Academy (SILEA) where she has influenced and capacitated so many senior and junior Police officers through her capacity-building/development lectures. It is no secret that Integrity, passion for her job, and professional ethics have always been her pedigree. Before her recent promotion to OC New England Police, she was a Support Officer of the Lumley Division.
Today, the highest cadre of the Police force in the country has recognized her hard work and dedication.