However, a Japanese sponsored training for topnotch police officers that includes Superintendents and Deputy Commissioners has proven to be a pace setter for an even more professional police force against the backdrop of UNMIL drawdown and the ensuing elections.
The program sponsored by the Japanese Government was implemented by the United Nations Development Program through the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana at the cost of US$700,000, and is said to be part of a capacity building program initiated by the leadership of the Liberia National Police.
During the graduation ceremony, Justice Minister Frederick Cherue reminded the graduates about the lack of professionalism, which according to him is gradually killing Liberian institutions with the Liberia National Police being of no exception. He therefore stressed to need for more capacity building for Police Officers.
He then cautioned officers to be professional and patient-minded when executing their duty, adding that such virtues are important for peace officers serving their country.
For us, we say kudos to the government and people of Japan for the training offered by the Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, and by extension the government and people of Japan for efforts to ensure a professionalized police force amid the already huge capacity gaps.
As we steadily approach our electoral process, with a daunting task to persevere our nascent democracy, the need to strengthen the LNP cannot be overlooked.
We also applaud the tireless efforts of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and the UNDP family for developing the technical and operational capacity of the Liberia National Police for effective law enforcement.
With this been said, the onus now rests with graduates to materialize and commit to ensuring that the rich experiences gained are implemented in the discharge of their functions.