The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Living Up to the Praises

editorial

OVER THE WEEKEND, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf bestowed praises on the Liberia National Police for what she described as their endless sacrifices rendered the country under difficult circumstances.

PRESIDENT SIRLEAF DURING her visit at the Liberia National Police Headquarters said she was impressed by the work of the police force in the country especially those gallant men and women that are seen standing in harm-ways executing their functions.

THE LIBERIAN LEADER, addressing the General Assembly of the Liberia National Police over the weekend said her government was not ignorant of the difficulties the police was faced with in the execution of its duty, but promised her government's commitment in addressing the logistical plight of the force as they protect lives and properties of the people of Liberia and others residing in the country.

SHE ALSO REMINDED the Liberia National Police not to relent in the execution of their duty as the country depends on them for the provision of security in the wake of the draw-down plan by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

PRESIDENT SIRLEAF THEN called on the police leadership under the directorship of Chris Massaquoi to do all they can to ensure that maximum security is put into place as the country celebrates the Christmas season.

For her part, Justice Minster Christina Tah lauded the force for a job well done since the beginning of the year, stating that much has been done to improve the image of the force. She praised the police for the manner they handled the November 7 "CDC Memorial Day".

MINISTER TAH SAID her ministry was aware of the constrains faced by the force, but called on them to look forward as the government was doing all it could to meet the needs of the force as they provide security for the state.

WE ALSO WANT to join the President and the Minister of Justice in lauding our police for the level of works being doing in putting into place mechanisms that are gradually cutting down the wave of criminal activities that have engulfed the country.

LET US ADMIT that indeed, the police have done and continue to do well in providing maximum security for the protection of lives and properties in the country despite the many challenges facing the nation's security sector.

WHILE WE COMMEND the police for the level of work being done thus far, we also call on them not to relent in the execution of their duty as the country depends on them for the provision of security in the wake of the drawn down plan by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

WE CALL ON the police to live up to the praises and do more especially during this Christmas season to provide maximum security because as we all are aware, it is at this festive season that criminal activities escalate in the city. Let the police redouble their efforts in curtailing these menacing situations in the city by ensuring that the police patrol every corner of the city and its environs at night because it is during such times that marauding criminals get at peaceful citizens.

AGAIN, WE CALL on the Liberia National Police to remain vigilant in the provision of law and order in the country something for which they have been praised by the President. We are aware that in spite of the many constrains and impediments to the working of the force, they are doing all in ensuring that law and order prevail in the country.

THIS IS A laudable venture something for which we must join the President and the Minister of Justice in praising them for the hard work. At the same time we again call on them to redouble their efforts especially during this Christmas season to deal with any eventuality and live up to the praises.

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