The Analyst (Monrovia)

22 January 2013

Liberia: Police Reports Lesser Crime in 2012 -Expects Further Drop

The Inspector General of Liberia National Police (LNP), Col Chris Massaquoi says the Police attained great success in 2012.

Addressing a joint press conference hosted by UNMIL and LNP in Monrovia on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Inspector Massaquoi stated that LNP succeeded in combating crimes, especially arm robbery and other criminal related activities.

Inspector Massaquoi asserted that the success of the police force is evidence by the peaceful manner in which Liberians are peacefully going about their respective normal activities.

According to him, LNP reduced crimes from 14, 758 in 2011 – 14,388 in 2012, thus constituting a 1.2% reduction.

Speaking further, Col Massaquoi indicated that with support from UNMIL, LNP constructed 200 new sub police depots across the country.

He noted, the construction of additional sub police depots around Liberia is an affirmation of the police force statutory mandate to serve and protect lives and properties.

On the issue of the 10:00 pm restriction on commercial motorcyclists who convey Monrovia residents from one part of the city to another.

For his part, United Nations Police (UNPOL) Commander John Nelson expressed optimism that LNP officers will perform better in 2013 then what they did in 2013.

Mr. Nelsen added, "From the look of things and the direction in which the police force is going, I am confidence that Liberians will once again enjoy the good quality of life, as LNP officers are keen on protecting communities from criminal activities and will leave no stone unturned in 2013."

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