Heritage (Monrovia)

3 August 2012

Liberia: Police Chief - Additional Barracks, Police Stations Are Needed

Police Director Chris Massaquoi has told participants at a three-day security transition workshop that additional barracks and police substations are needed to enhance effective police deployment across Liberia.

An LNP release quotes Director Massaquoi as saying that the deployment of officers should also be in line with better incentives. He observed that because training remains a critical component to Liberia's security sector development, the National Police Training Academy has developed its infrastructure capacity but lacks funding to accelerate the training needs of the LNP for the security transition.

The Police Chief spoke Wednesday when he presented a paper on UNMIL Security transition in Liberia. The workshop facilitated by the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum is organized by UNMIL. Director Massaquoi noted that training additional three thousand police officers in basic recruit training between 2012 and 2015, the National Police Training Academy needs to train about one thousand three-hundred fifty- three officers annually for admission into the LNP.

He said accountability and management is also considered as a critical venture in the workings of the police something he added is being provided at the training academy to ensure effective managerial skills.

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