The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Christian Clarence Massaquoi is entreating global security actors for robust support for the country’s police and other security apparatuses.
The LNP Boss said such a call has become necessary in the wake of the ongoing transition plan to transfer responsibilities of Nation’s security to the Government of Liberia as the United Nations Mission in Liberia draws down this month. According to a dispatch from New York, the Liberian Police Chief remarks were contained in a Statement he delivered at the first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit(UNCOPS) , held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on Friday, June 3, 2016. Col. Massaquoi also pointed out that it was a privilege and honor for him to have participated and addressed such an important summit which provided him an opportunity to interact and speak directly to police contributing countries of the UN and thanked them for their support to the Liberian peace process. The Liberian Police Director expressed gratitude to the global community for the ultimate sacrifice towards the restoration of peace and stability in Liberia. He also expressed condolence for the lives lost in the course of maintaining peace and stability and he hoped that the countries concerned will take solace in the fact that their loved ones have saved humanity. The Police Chief also told the audience that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in Accra, among other things, emphasized the need for the restructuring and rebuilding of Liberia’s security apparatus including the police as an important component. Therefore, he said, the reorganization of the Liberian National Police took effect following the deployment of United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL). According to the Police Chief, this exercise involved the retirement of several police officers, as well as recruitment of new officers in partnership with the UN and other bilateral partners. The objective, according to the Inspector General of police, was and is still to ensure that the Liberian National police are professionalized and capable in protecting lives and property. On efforts being made by the Government of Liberia to strengthen the capacity of the police, the IG said over the years, the government has been very supportive of efforts to rebuild the capacity of the National police and that in recent times, the National Government has funded several projects aimed at enhancing policing at some of the critical bordering counties. He named the provision of logistics, uniforms, among others as some of the initiatives being made by the Government to improve the working conditions of police. He then assured the international community of Liberia’s police readiness to shoulder responsibility of maintaining peace and stability in post-UNMIL era. Such, he said is a call of National duty which must be effectively carried out for the common good of the country. The Liberia’s Police Chief however, acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead in carrying out these new tasks. He, therefore, called for a more robust support from partners as the police extend its scope of operations over the entire geographical boundaries of the country, stressing that efforts be made to match the skills acquired over years with the requisite tools in order to ensure efficient policing. “Therefore, more assistance is needed to supplement Government’s efforts at this critical juncture of the country’s history,” he averred.