The NEWS (Monrovia)

20 December 2012

Liberia: Security and Justice Hub Concludes SOP Training

The Justice and Security Joint Programme (JSJP) has concluded a two day training workshop on Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for security personnel and justice actors in the hub region of Bong, Nimba and Lofa Counties.

Speaking at the close of the second joint training, the regional hub manager, Samuel Barby Gaye, averred the exercise was primarily designed to familiarize justice and judicial actors with the Standard Operation Procedure developed for the hub.

The Regional Hub Manager emphasized the second joint training is to further ensure a broader collaboration and coordination amongst the justice and security institutions in the hub region to enhance justice delivery.

Mr. Gaye mentioned that the training is part of the quick start service delivery component of the hub in driving it to a more institutionalized system to ensure efficiency in its operations.

He stressed that the exercise further seeks to enhance the understanding of the various actors about the hub as direct users of the joint facility.

Mr. Gaye pointed out drawing the inputs of the lower ranking actors to the SOP remains paramount if personnel at the regional hub will expeditiously execute their function in keeping with high ethical standards.

He told journalists that the Standard Operation Procedure was signed by heads of the various security apparatus involved with the operation of the regional hub and needed to be transmitted to officers in the field for their comprehension.

He mentioned that the Justice and Security Joint Programme (JSJP), is part of a broader vision of the Liberian government to sustain peace and stability in the country which grew out of the Liberia Peace Building Programme (LPBP).

Mr. Gaye said the Liberia Peace Building Programme (LPBP) was given birth to primarily address some of the root causes of conflict that ravaged the country for fourteen years.

Speaking earlier, Solicitor General, Cllr. Wilkins Wright disclosed that government will ensure the adequate deployment of security personnel at the Gbarnga Regional HUB to rapidly respond to the security needs of people in the central region.

He said with the location of the Hub in Gbarnga, it is easy to promptly respond to security situations in Lofa and Nimba Counties rather than taking security personnel from Monrovia.

Cllr. Wright indicated the Gbarnga Regional Justice and Security Hub is the first of five regional hubs to be built across the country.

The Solicitor General revealed that regional hubs will be established in Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa and Bomi Counties to provide security and increase access to justice for people residing in these regions.

More than 45 immigration officers, police, correction officers, magistrates, and circuit court judges from Bong, Nimba, and Lofa Counties attended the just ended Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) training.

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