(LINA) – The Inspector General of the Liberian National Police, C. Clarence Massaquoi, has thanked the global community for the ultimate sacrifice it made towards the restoration of peace and stability in Liberia.
He also called for a robust global support for the country’s national security apparatus, including the national Police.
He said such a support has become necessary in the wake of the ongoing transition plan to transfer responsibilities of the nation’s security to the Government of Liberia.
According to the dispatch from New York, Massaquoi was speaking at the first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) held at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, June 3.
Commissioner Massaquoi also pointed out that it was a privilege to address such an important summit which provided him an opportunity to interact and speak directly to police contributing countries of the UN and thanked them for their support to the Liberian peace process.
While expressing condolences for the lives lost in the course of maintaining peace and stability, he hoped that the countries concerned will take solace in the fact that their loved ones have served humanity.
The Police Chief also told the audience that the Compressive Peace Agreement reached in Accra, among other things, emphasized the need to restructure and rebuild Liberia’s security apparatus, including the police as an important component.
Therefore, he said, the Reorganization of the Liberian National Police took effect following the deployment of United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL).
According to the Police Chief, this exercise involved the retirement of several police officers, as well as recruitment of new officers in partnership with the UN and other bilateral partners.
The objective, according to the Inspector General of police, was and is still is, to ensure that the Liberian National police is professionalized and capable in protecting lives and property.
On efforts being made by the Government to strengthen the capacity of the police, he said, over the years, the Government through its own budgetary assistance, has been very supportive of efforts to rebuild the capacity of the National police, funding several projects aimed at enhancing policing at some of the critical border counties.
He named the provision of logistics, uniforms, among others as some of the initiatives being made by the Government to improve the working conditions of police.
“More assistance is needed to supplement Government’s efforts at this critical juncture of the country’s history,” he averred.
“I wish to assure you that the National Police is ready to assume fully its national security responsibilities. Recruitment and training of Police is ongoing with focus on professionalism and quality,” he added.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Massaquoi has had bilateral discussions with a number of development partners focusing on the need to galvanize support for the Liberian Police.
They include Representatives of Nigeria, Germany, Argentina, Sweden, Malaysia, and South Korea, among others. He described the meetings as constructive and promising
For his part, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Kin Moon in a video message expressed thanks to the UN police for contributing to the rule of law, peace and stability in Liberia.
He said that he has seen the difference being made around the world by the brave men and women in establishing the rule of law and paving the way for peace and sustainable development.
This extraordinary summit of the global police Chiefs, according to the organizers, is aimed at charting the way forward for the UN Police to deliver greater impact on the ground while tackling the policing challenges of the 21st Century.