Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), C. Chris Massaquoi
Police Chief Reveals Reform Plan
By Robert Dixon, LINA
MONROVIA, July 3 (LINA) - The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), C. Chris Massaquoi, has disclosed that the LNP has since 2004 been training basic recruits to form part of the new national police force.
He said the first training in 2004 came after the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) of former combatants, as part of the reform and restructuring program,
The police chief stated that from that training till now, the LNP, in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), continues to train and deploy police officers in all counties across the country.
The Police Inspector General made the statement last Friday at ceremony marking the official handover of security by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to the government of Liberia.
Commenting on the UNMIL drawdown process, Massaquoi indicated that after a decade of lasting peace with two successful Liberian Presidential elections, the United Nations Security Council in a Resolution resolved to decrease the UNMIL strength in three phases between August 2012 and July 2015, and later hand over security to the Government of Liberia.
He stressed that due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, an appeal was made by the Government of Liberia to the United Nations to extend its mandate to 2016, something the UN agreed to.
Massaquoi emphasized that in anticipation of the drawdown process, the LNP formulated a three years (2012-2015/16) UNMIL drawdown plan which provided the framework by which continuing development and support of the LNP and the security sector will ensure a professional and sustainable national service, ready and capable to serve and protect all citizens and foreign residents with pride.
He added that as UNMIL turns over full national security responsibility to the Government of Liberia a plan was structured into three components: Drawdown Gaps, Leeward Counties Deployment and Regular Police Operations.
Massaquoi also said that in keeping with the Security Council transition plan for the UNMIL, the police and military components of UNMIL have withdrawn from various strategic locations, including the National Correction Palace in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, the Military deployment sites in Senji and Barclayville, among others.
“At the moment, the LNP has deployed in ten formerly occupied UNMIL camps, thereby assuming full national security responsibilities; same with the other security sector (BIN, DEA, NSA) and others,” the Police Chief said.
He pointed out that in responding to threats of global terrorism, the LNP has trained and deployed tactical units (ERU & PSU) and other operational units (Patrol, CSD, etc.) at Residences of the President, Vice President and other VIPs, the Roberts International Airport, Central Bank of Liberia, embassies, and strategic hotels for static guide and/or escort services, respectively.