Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL), a local nongovernmental organization heavily involved with advocacy and human rights in collaboration with the Liberia National Police (LNP) has ended a one-day community policing forum with residents of Brewerville and its immediate environs.
RAL has over the years been providing alternatives to enhancing human rights, rule of law, peace and democracy building and victim’s recovery.
The one-day forum was basically looking at the role of the police in the protection of lives and properties, the role of magistrates in reducing pretrial detention among others.
Speaking at the gathering, RAL’s Senior Program officer, Sam Nimley stressed the significance of security in every part of Liberia especially under the new government.
Nimley predicted that the next government will be faced with serious security issues looking at the expectation of the Liberian people.
According to him, Liberians are yet to understand the workings of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and other security agencies and as such, they lack confidence in the sector.
“We are aware that the people don’t have confidence in those institutions. But we need to interact with law enforcement officers in order to know the way forward when we have problems,” Nimley said.
For his part, the Deputy chief of police for research and planning, Saymor K. Mulbah said gone are those days when no one has confidence in the Liberia National Police.
DCP Mulbah said the LNP has since transformed under the leadership of its Inspector General Colonel Gregory Coleman with key focus on the new Act of the Liberia National Police.
According to him, the new Act clearly defines the duties of the police and the communities, and as such, Liberians should see the force as a partner for good.
Mulbah however lamented that the community members themselves are making the works of the police very difficult by harboring criminals, selling unwarranted substances and opening ghettos in their communities.
“We respect the public and we need you too. Work closely with the police. Don’t open ghettos in your communities, stop harboring criminals, don’t sell opium. Please stop bribing police officers because this will make them corrupt and deny others of justice. We need to be transparent,” Mulbah said.
The participants thanked the organizers of the forum and promised to utilize what they have learned in their respective communities.