26 November 2012

Liberia: Police Warned Against Harassment, Corruption

The Commissioner of the United Nations Police, John Jack Nielson has warned officers of the Liberia National Police to stay above corruption and harassment in the discharge their duty.

Commissioner Nielson challenged the Police to execute their functions with respect and integrity.

"To be a good police officer, you must be a service to other and your country; demonstrate professionalism and competence at all times, execute your duty with respect and integrity and stay above corruption," UNPOL Commissioner asserted.

Mr. Nielson stressed that there is no place in the LNP for what he calls "short cut, indiscipline, and the abuse of power."

Speaking at the graduation of 99 police recruits over the weekend at the National Police Training Academy, the UNPOL Commissioner reminded the graduates about the fundamental principles for the respect for human rights and serving as an inspiration for others to join the police.

For his part, Police Director Chris Massaquoi maintained that his administration will not tolerate any police officer harassing or extorting money from peaceful citizens.

Director Massaquoi noted that the LNP is a selfless service oriented institution where police officers are expected to render service in a proper manner.

He warned that any police officer who violates the rights of citizens will be booted out of the force.

"Let me warn you, you have not become a police man or woman to go against the citizens but rather to render service in a proper manner, this administration will not tolerate any police officer harassing or extorting money from people; doing so such police officers will immediately be booted out of the force when caught by our monitors", the Police Boss warned the graduates.

The President of the University of Liberia Dr. Emmett Dennis who served as the guest of honor, challenged police officers to seek higher education in order to add value to their security profession.

Dr. Dennis said the Police has come a long way and is now regaining an appreciable level of respectability but charged them to lead by example and make a difference with respect and accountability.

He said LNP is operating in a post conflict environment of unusual lawlessness and tremendous problems including the high level of unskilled and unemployed youth, something he said, is posing huge challenges to the police.

Speaking on the theme "Liberian Police , a leader in post conflict transformation", the UL President pointed out that it is of no doubt that the LNP is living up to the challenges by being proactive.

At least 99 new police officers who underwent a one year basic recruit training program were admitted into the LNP. The current graduates are part of Class 40.

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