The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police Col. Chris Massaquoi has called on companies investing in Liberia to consider assisting the Liberia National Police with needed logistics to assist the police force in its fight against crimes in the Liberian society.
Police Director Massaquoi maintained that foreign direct investment support to the Liberia National Police will narrow the logistical gap that is impeding the work of the Liberian Police force in post conflict Liberia, and will also assist the Government of Liberia in its drive to professionalize the police.
The Liberian police Inspector General made the called when the management of Firestone Liberia turned over a newly constructed police depot to the Administration of the Liberia National Police as part of their social corporate responsibility to the people of Liberia.
The LNP Boss recounted the numerous contributions made by the company since the start of their operations in Liberia in the 1920s, and lauded the Firestone Management for identifying with the Liberia National Police in such a difficult time, adding " the construction of this depot will deeply enhance our ability in reducing the crime rate on the plantation".
Continuing his statement Director Massaquoi reiterated his administration preparedness to weed out any element within the Liberia National Police that will engaged in any form of misconduct with the intent of exposing the police force to public disrepute by their actions or inactions, and warned those police officers that will be occupying the newly constructed depot not to engage in acts that will negatively impact the image of the police on the plantation and county at large.
The Police Inspector General concluded his remarks by calling on other companies currently investing in Liberia to follow the good example of Firestone Liberia by identifying with the Liberia National Police in any way possible that will complement the efforts of the Liberian Government.
Turning over the depot to the Administration of the Liberia National Police, the Head of Community and Extended Relations at the company, Wallace Smith said the company was delighted to contribute to the police force due to the level of work the force has done in reducing the crime rate in the country and the need for more police presence on the plantation.
Mr. Wallace said the company was losing millions of dollar in the wake of constant rubber theft on the plantation and as such it was necessary to have the police presence felt to assist the company's security Department in providing more security to protect the company asset.
He concluded by pledging Firestone Liberia support to the LNP, stressing " we will continue to assist the LNP in whatever way possible to make Liberia a more better place for foreign companies and their investment