Monrovia — The Government of Liberia through President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has donated Ten Nissan Hard Body Pickups and three Nissan Patrol Jeeps to the Liberia National Police for deployment in the leeward parts of the country.
According to police authorities the donated vehicles will be deployed in areas that the UN Mission has withdrawn from as part of the mission drawdown program.
Presenting the vehicles to the LNP, President Sirleaf instructed the Director of Police Col. Clarence Massaquoi to have the donated vehicles deployed in the interior of the country. The Liberian leader who has been instrumental in addressing the logistical needs of the police, said it was necessary to have the vehicles sent to the rural parts of Liberia where she said police officers are walking hours to attend to calls from residents.
The President added that some of the officers are regularly using motorbikes and other forms of transportation to arrest suspects. "I have come with a very clear cut message to you (making reference to the Director of police) that these vehicles be deployed in the rural areas of Liberia to address the security conditions in those areas", the Liberian leader said. I do not want to see these vehicles plying the streets of Monrovia".
The current fleet of vehicles purchased is the government of Liberia's support toward Phrase One and Two of the UNMIL Drawdown process.
In response, Police Director Massaquoi assured the President that the cars will be deployed up country to assist those officers who are forced to walk long distances to affect an arrest.
The Police Chief told the Liberian leader that the planned deployment was already in full swing ahead of the arrival of the vehicles.
Director Massaquoi informed the President that the cost of one of the vehicles as per police- specification is put at USD 36, 600.00. The vehicles include sirens, top-light, accessories, re-enforced suspension, all -terrain tires, side step, Heavy duty suspension uplift kit and other installations.
The UNMIL Drawdown is divided into three phases, from October 2012- to June 2014, covering Robert sport, Grand Cape Mount County, Loguatuio, Nimba County, Foyah, Lofa County, Sinje Cape Mount, and LAC, Grand Bassa County.
Other areas include Cesto City Rivercess County, Greenville, Sinoe County, Barclayville Grand Kru County and Tubmanbury, Bomi County.
Phase three is expected to commence on the first of July 2014- 2015 and will include Kakata, Margibi County, Zorzor, Lofa County, Voinjama, Lofa County Ganta, Nimba County, Saniquillie, Nimba County and Tappita also in Nimba.
Other areas to be covered include Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Toes Town Grand Gedeh County, Fish Town, River Gee, Pleebo and Harper in Maryland Country.