A Liberian security expert, Sam Saryon, has called for prioritizing and empowering local security institutions, as well as reinforcing community policing as significant components to addressing the growing wave of global terrorism.
According to him, local security institutions have remained key partners to the government and contributed immensely to the protection of lives and properties. Addressing newsmen in Monrovia, Saryon indicated that a robust community policing method if employed by the government would boost national security amidst the planned drawdown of UNMIL. The Liberian security consultant mentioned that the protection of Liberia remains a shared task that requires the participation of both security as well as non-security actors amidst frightening concerns. He stated that in the absence of needed resources for the support of local law enforcement, adequate citizens’ protection remains fragile. Saryon, a former investigator of the Liberia National Police (LNP), stressed that community policing is important and that citizens must be empowered to prevent crimes. He highlighted that the concept of policing requires the police to recognize relationship with communities and other security institutions which eventually would result into crimes reduction. At the same time, Saryon called on the entire citizenry to assist security officers in preventing and responding to terrorist attack in the country, noting “we can identify terrorist by observing activities or events that indicate a potential threat to our communities.”