4 April 2012

Liberia: 'Rogue' Police Officer Sacked

The Liberia National Police (LNP) has disrobed one of its officers identified as Charles Douwee for alleged criminal activities including the stealing of cell phone and other prohibited conducts.

Officer Douwee was assigned in Sinoe County and had failed to take assignment but was still in Monrovia engaging into unprofessional behavior until his arrest.

The officer has absent himself for a protracted period of time but was taking his salary until recently when it was observed by the Police administration, a release said.

The release indicated that the latest complaint against officer Douwee linked him to the alleged stealing of a cell phone at the Ecobank on Randall Street from a customer who had gone at the bank to transact business.

He was arrested recently and forwarded to the Professional Standards Division for investigation but due to nature of the complaint, he was sent the Crimes Services Division for criminal investigation.

Officer Douwee is currently detained at the Headquarters of the LNP as he undergoes criminal investigation.

The release quotes Acting Inspector General of Police Chris Massaquoi as saying the LNP will not hesitate to weed out any officer who is held liable for unprofessional and prohibited conduct under the Police Duty Manual and the laws of Liberia.

The LNP Boss has warned officers against using their uniforms to harass and intimidate peaceful citizens stressing that administration will take advantage of relevant portions of the criminal law to deal with perpetrators.

He wants officers to desist from behavior unbecoming of a professional police officer or face the full weight of the law.

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