21 April 2014

Liberia: Armed Police Should Be Trustworthy - A.B. Kromah

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Police patrol the streets(file photo)

Deputy Police Director for Operation Colonel Abraham Kromah, has called for the trust-worthiness of police officers that are expected to be armed at various police stations and depots across the country.

"They have to be trusted and trained before we give them arm, and we will ensure that, the public should not worry," he said.

Col. Kromah disclosed that officers who will be armed will go through thorough training like the Police Support Unit (PSU) and the Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

He said the Liberia National Police will not give arms to strange officers that the authorities don't know, adding that officers will be trained and well vetted as it was done in the case of PSU and ERU officers.

"We will not indiscriminately provide arms to police officers that we don't know; they will go through the same vetting and training processes that the PSU and the ERU went through," he noted.

Speaking to reporters Sunday Col. Kromah said though the Director of Police Chris Massaquoi's proposal to arm the police is still being worked on, he's calling on stakeholders to support the police in its quest to provide security for the society.

He noted that the presence of armed police officers at depots and police stations will serve as deterrent to criminals in the area and would-be mobs in the habit of burning down police stations.

Col. Kromah said it will also help to protect communities in which those stations and depots are operating from armed robbers. He also disclosed that the police are ready to launch a special operation as the rainy season is approaching.

Recently, the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP) spoke of the urgent need to deploy armed police officers at various Zones and Detachments around the country in a bid to curb growing wave of mob violence in Liberia.

The Liberian Police Chief said such move on the part of the LNP is predicated on a number of destructions that has resulted from mob violence, which he said, needs to be prevented. The LNP boss made the statement Tuesday, when he received 291 police recruits of Class 42 back from field training.

"We will not hesitate to suspend, dismiss and forward to court for prosecution any police officer that will violate the Standard Operational Procedures governing the Liberia National Police," IGP Massaquoi added at the delight of the audience.

He warned the recruits to desist from acts that have the propensity of reminding the Liberian populace of the former days, where the police force was used as an instrument of terror to satisfy politicians.

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