10 January 2013

Liberia: Police Admit Corruption

At long last the Liberia National Police has admitted that there exists corruption in the LNP but blamed the menace to low salary.

Police Deputy Director for Administration Rose Stryker providing a justification for the widespread corruption in the LNP, said the police have repeatedly been accused of corrupt practices especially the harassment of commercial drivers by traffic officers this is because their salary is very low.

She emphasized that the salary of patrol officers cannot even commensurate with their economic expenses amidst the huge rental fee for housing unit.

Madam Stryker noted that it is a challenge for police officers to secure housing unit, food, transportation, and school fees with such a low salary.

The Deputy Police Director said while she does not support police harassment against taxi drivers and peaceful citizens, she wondered whether the officers could do anything for survivor amidst the great predicament they are faced with.

She said the dilemma being faced by the police must be reviewed by the lawmakers and other stakeholders to prevent the situation from getting worse.

She wants the police to be adequately empowered as a means of stopping harassment against the drivers.

She spoke Wednesday when she received an award from the Society for the Promotion of Peace, National Reconciliation, and Reunification for her outstanding performance at the Police.

The latest comments by Deputy Director Stryker have confirmed public outcries on police harassment and corruption of taxi drivers and motorcyclists.

Observers believed that the statement by the police's chief administrator has given ground for officers to go all out on peaceful citizens to harass as a means of getting more money since the salary is low.

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