23 April 2012

Liberia: 200 Immigration Officers for Borders

Liberia is expected to deploy an initial two hundred officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) at borders with its neighbors. The Border Patrol Unit (BPU), as they are expected to be called, will take over from the police's Emergency Response Unit (ERU) who manned at these entry points for some times now.

This was contained in a 12 count- validation of BIN deliverables and strategic planning retreat held from 19-20, April at the Thinkers Village in Monrovia.

The 2-day seminar, which brought a sizable number of security official, predominantly from the BIN, was organized by the United Nations Police (UNPOL), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) based on a request from government.

BIN Acting Commissioner Abla G. Williams, reading their action plan among others, emphasized the need of finalizing contingency plan to reflect security situations in the sub-region (West Africa) and complete training for 80 BIN officers (60 for intelligence and investigation) and 20 female officers for leadership.

It also called for the deployment of 40 BIN officers to the hub in Gbarnga, re-establish donor partnerships, unlock committed funds and conduct a series of BIN strategic planning retreat.

The BIN action plan called for a draft human resources policy, complete pilot assessment of border post at Toe Town in Grand Gedeh County and the launch of migration drafting process.

It expressed the need for a review of the BIN's standard operating procedures (SoPs), as well as to revive and rollout same, and also to review and update BIN organization and organization diagram and draft a procurement policy.

Deputizing for Justice Minister Christiana Tah, Freddie Taylor paid tribute to international partners (IOM, UNDP, UNPOL and others) for their efforts in trying to improve the security standards here.

"Without peace, we cannot talk about anything else. Therefore, peace is precious we must maintain it," Deputy Justice Minister for Administration Taylor.

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