7 January 2013

Liberia: Who Controls the Police?

There seems to be a serious problem creeping within the ranks and files of the Liberia National Police as it is becoming difficult to determine who is actually in charge of the LNP.

At some point, Deputy Police Director for Administration Rose Stryker performs the functions of the Director of Police while Director Chris Massaquoi is in the country.

A source told this paper that Madam Stryker only takes instruction from Director Massaquoi when she deems it necessary. Information gathered by this paper reveals that Director Massaquoi has been unhappy about the way in which Madam Stryker is running the administrative aspect of the police.

The source disclosed that Wednesday, January 2, 2013, Deputy Chief of Finance James Cooper was relieved of his post and replaced by LNP's Budget Consultant Garsumo Dolley upon the orders of Madam Stryker without consulting Director Massaquoi.

In keeping with the policy of the Liberia National Police, the Director of Police has the sole authority to remove sectional and divisional heads and not his deputies.

The Director of Police also has the mandate to suspend, change assignments of officers based on recommendations from his deputies, but this latest report appears to be the contrary.

"This woman is just behaving like the Director of Police here; we cannot understand why the Director will allow her to do things like this"; the source angrily commented.

When contacted about latest action by Madam Stryker, Police spokesman Sam Collins said the LNP is not run in the media.

Speaking in an apparent angry tone via mobile phone, Mr. Collins said the police department is operating as it should be.

When further quizzed for more comments, Collins cut his phone off in the ear of our reporter.

Investigation continues.

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