2 November 2012

Liberia: The Police Needs to Do More


For The Past weeks, arm robberyl attacks on citizens and residents across Monrovia have multiplied leaving several persons sometimes severely wounded to the point of death or properties taken away.

Paynesville And Congo Town, considered hot spots for criminal activities continue to feel the wrath of criminal gangs using guns, knives and other deathly weapons to carry out their heinous crimes.

To Further Dash the hopes of the people who are always victims of arm robbery, Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi admitted that the deadly crime is on the increase. He further indicated that arm robbery situations during this period are higher than during the same period in 2011.

Prior To His admission in the increase of this violent crime, he apologized to the victims.

We Believe That the Liberia National Police should do more than just launching special operations that would have little or no positive impact on the unarmed civilians and population at large. We are sure, however, that these kinds of special operations are intended to go the extra mile in dealing with criminals and their hideouts; but it seems that the men, if not relaxed, are not motivated to go beyond the stretch.

It Is Our opinion that law enforcement institutions especially the Police are more appreciated when a crime is prevented rather than responding to a crime that has already been committed.

If The Comparison by the Police Chief at the MICAT Press Conference last Thursday that "arm robbery situations during this period is higher than arm robbery incidents during the same period last year" is something to go by, then the police should redouble its efforts to protect life and property.

A Law Enforcement Agency that is legally responsible to maintain law and order, preserve peace and recover stolen properties should not be seen as an institution that is always apologizing to victims because such apology will not be appreciated by those who are affected.

It Is Our hope that everything will be done to ensure that our people have a peaceful rest before and after the festive seasons. The need for the Police to do more cannot be over-emphasized because they have taken oath to serve and protect.

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