3 December 2012

Liberia: Appreciating the LNP's Battle Against Crimes, but ...


Nearly two weeks following the stringent measures instituted by the Liberia national Police against criminals in Monrovia and its environs, Liberians have begun showering the hierarchy of the police with warm sentimental platitudes. Though a few, including a Liberian Legislator seem not to be totally supportive of the regulations, especially the 110pm-restriction of motor-cycles, many continue to appreciate the level of reduction in crimes since the measures went into effect.

Notably about the 10pm-regulation against motor-cyclists, is the presence of top brass of the LNP "on the field", including Director Chris Massaquoi and Deputy Director for Operations, Col. Abraham Kromah. Unlike previous operations wherein follow-up measures were not made effective, the Current are spear-headed by these top-ranking officers to ensure compliance by both would-be violators, violators and field officers of the LNP.

Their involvement in the entire process may not only be instilling some level of discipline and sincerity in operational personnel, but gradually achieving the LNP's desired goals and objectives. While we may not want to out-rightly engaged in singing praises to the Director and officers of the LNP, it is only worthy to note the positive effects of its recent decision on the various communities in the city and its environs as evidenced by the positive comments and praises emanating from such urban communities.

We think this is a good beginning from which the Director and his robust Deputy for Operations, as well as their officers and operational men and women must learn lessons for feature operations against crimes in the country. In as much as the LNP has begun a good start amidst all of the logistical constraints, it must also be cautioned against delays in intervening in armed robberies perpetrated by undesirable drug-driven armed criminals against peaceful residents of the city and environs at midnight or early mooring hours. Timeliness must seriously be adhered to when alerted by these residents or their neighbors during armed robbery incidents.

Considering the positive effects of the recent security measures currently being enforced by the police, the need for additional financial and logistical support cannot be over-emphasized.

In view of the foregoing, we are of the fervent belief that the Liberian Legislature is now following the trends of events regarding the operations of the Liberia National Police, in terms of the successes being scored in order to address the additional logistical needs of the police, i.e., the lawmakers themselves must ensure additional budgetary allotment (increment) to further capacitate the LNP in the areas of operational vehicles and other forms of logistics, as well as special allowances for the men and women in the field.

The LNP can wholly and solely shoulder all of the blames for breaches in the maintenance of security in the city and its environs if all of the necessary logistics, including operational vehicles are made to it through budgetary allotment. In the same token, it is also our hope that the successes being made by the police are already attracting the good-will attention of international donor agencies, including the UNDP, USAID, EU and UNICEF. Now that most Liberians have begun hailing the police for its successes so far, these international organizations must envisage the urgent need for intervention.

For Director Massaquoi, his Deputy for Operations and the operational men and women of the ERU and PSU, the praises now being given by Monrovians, and other citizens must not lure them into "behaving like white chickens", but a stimulus to further propel their fearless battle against crimes, most especially armed robbery.

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