3 December 2012

Liberia: Police Confiscate 100 Firearms

Police in Monrovia have announced the confiscation of 100 firearms from people who have illegally possessed them.

According to the LNP's Ballistic Department, one of several sections occupied by its forensic unit, the fire arms were amalgamated from various crime scenes across the country. The police revealed that a basic analysis connecting the weapons to specific crimes is ongoing.

In addition to the fire arms, the LNP has also revealed that 7,000 classified fingerprints of suspected criminals have been collected, and that analysis linking the fingerprints to the suspects will soon be completed.

The police also said they have already created a data base that would put together all police fire arms.

LNP's revelations were part of several activities marking the launch of its nationwide crime scene protection awareness program organized by its Forensic Unit.

Speaking to a team of journalists in Monrovia, police DCP Alphan B. Lumeh appealed to the general public to help the police in protecting crime scenes.

"The whole essence of law is to provide evidence. It's always good that when a crime is committed, people in the community where the crime occur should do their best to protect the crime scene until the forensic team can arrive. We want you to help the police report crimes and also protect the crime scene," Mr. Lumeh pleaded.

"The forensic unit helps in providing scientific evidence in court whenever a crime occurs. It also helps in adjudicate a trial. " he added. "Usually when people temper with the crime scene it makes things complicated for the police to gather the evidence. Therefore, we're appealing to the public to help us protect crime scenes."

Friday's launch of the crime scene protection awareness was also graced by representatives of the UNPOL Forensic team unit, the Swedish Embassy, UNPOL Police Commissioner, as well as proxies of the Solicitor General and Inspector General of the National Police.

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