The Analyst (Monrovia)

8 February 2013

Liberia: 20 LNP Officers Return From USA Training

Twenty officers of the Liberia National Police have returned to the county following weeks of intensive training in the United States of America.

The training covered mobile and foot patrols, community policing, report writing, mind set, and strategy planning among others critical areas of importance.

The training was part of a capacity building program for the LNP organized by the United States Government to help the Liberian police force discharge its function in a more organized and professional manner.

Speaking at a former program to welcome the officers back home from the US, the Director of Police Chris Massaquoi said the leadership of the Liberia National Police was grateful for the opportunity extended to the police by the US government and called on other friendly countries and governments to help the police in capacity building.

"We need more of these trainings to enhance the capacity of our officers for the challenges ahead as the UN Mission draws down", the Inspector General said while addressing the officers.

The Liberian Police Chief admonished the officers to use the skills acquired for the   good of   the Liberia National Police as much will be expected of them by the leadership of the LNP and the country as a whole, as they contribute their quota to the rebuilding process of the country.

He said the returnees will be assigned on the field across the fifteen political subdivisions of the country to help train other officers acquire the knowledge they have acquired while in the United States.

Director Massaquoi assured the officers of his administration fullest support in building the capacity of the men and women of the Liberia National Police which he said was significant for the country's security sector as the United Nations Mission in Liberia gradually draw down its forces in the country.

The Liberian Police Inspector General said he was confident that the skills acquired by the men will be used to benefit the force in many areas.

At the same-time Director Massaquoi is encouraging university graduates to consider joining the Liberia National Police as the police will afford them many opportunities to serve their country.

He said the administration of the police has reached a decision to increase the salaries of all university graduates in the police force, as a means of encouraging other university graduates to join the police forc

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