The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: UNMIL Boosts LNP Capacity With Road Equipment

A Consignment of road safety equipment worth more than USD25,000.00 has been presented to the Liberia National Police by the United Nations Mission in Liberia, as part of its drive to capacitate the police in the wake of its potential drawdown from the country.

The items which include 550 reflector cones, 300 reflector vests, 150 rechargeable flashlights and 110 traffic sign posts were presented by the United Nations Police (UNPOL) Commissioner, Gregory Hinds over the weekend at a former ceremony held at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police with senior UNPOL and LNP staff in attendance.

Presenting the equipment, UNPOL Commissioner Hinds said the presentation is part of a pilot project to assist the police in providing safety to the Liberian people especially road users.

He cautioned the LNP authority to manage the equipment properly by putting into place measures that will lead to it benefiting the larger public.

He said the Mission was impressed by the performance of the LNP in the midst of logistical constrains and admonished the police authority to remain steadfast in the provision of services to the people of Liberia.

The UNPOL Commissioner also used the occasion to reassure the Police Department of UNMIL's continuous support and preparedness to build the capacity of the LNP in the execution of its statutory commitment to the people of Liberia.

He said with the deployment of the road traffic signs across the city and its environs it will help to reduce the risk of road accidents in the country.

Receiving the items on behalf of IGP, Col. Clarence Massaquoi, the Deputy Inspector General of Police for Administration, William K. Mulbah, lauded the United Nations Mission in Liberia and all the donating partners for the gesture, promising to handle them with high level of care to meet the needs of the Liberian people.

He said these road safety signs will be deployed on major highways and will save most of the traffic officers coming in risk contact with reckless drivers.

He indicated that the project will go a long way in enhancing the work of the police, especially as it relates to Public Safety and traffic regulations.

The LNP Deputy Boss further stressed that the safety of the Liberian people is the paramount concern and statutory mandate of the police.

He mentioned that these road signs are movable and therefore calling on the general public not to tamper with these signs but to help the police protect them.

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