Liberia National Police Sends Second Batch of Officers On UN Mission in Southern Sudan

LNP Inspector General, Patrick Sudue (2nd from left) and four of the officers in a photo snap

The second batch of Officers of the Liberia National Police, comprising of Three males and One female has been vetted and qualified to represent Liberia at the United Nations Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).

According to the LNP Face Book Page, the Four Officers include: Chief Superintendent Patrick B. Kormazu, Superintendent Elfreda Dennice Stewart, Superintendent Alfred Gonlee Yormie and Chief Inspector Cooper Medekamue.

It can be recalled in December 2018, Police Chief,  IGP. Patrick Toe Sudue was invited to New York, United States of America through the efforts of His Excellency, D. Maxwell Kemayah, then  head of Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. IG Sudue held a successful meeting with the Deputy Police Adviser and Officer in Charge of UNPOL, Shaowen Yang who assured the Liberian Police chief of including the LNP in UN Peace Keeping Missions.

In May 2019, upon his return from New York, his administration for the first time in the history of the Liberia National Police  established the LNP’s Peacekeeping Desk headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kalemo D. Karyo, a trained and professional Police Trainer.

With the setting up of the LNP local Peacekeeping desk, One Oundred officers were vetted and trained by LNP’s Peacekeeping Desk  with oversight from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia.

Out of the 100 officers trained for UN Mission, Thirty Four officers comprising Thirty One males and Three females were certified by the UN Peacekeeping Department after successfully completing the United Nations Required Test conducted by successful Special Assistance & Assessment Team (SAAT).

Of the total number of officers who successfully passed the UN’s SAAT requirements, Four officers from the Thirty remaining successful officers comprising Three males and One  female will again depart the Country on Sunday, November 14, 2021 to participate in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Southern Sudan(UNMISS).

The mission is expected to last for a year, which a new batch of officers may be dispatched to Southern Sudan based on the prevailing security situation.

The Liberia National police under the leadership of IGP, Patrick Toe Sudue is currently engaged with the United Nations Peacekeeping Department through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensuring that the remaining certified officers take assignment at available Missions of the United Nations.

It might interest you to note that this is the second time,  from January 21, 2021 to November 2021 for the Liberia National police to participate in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the history of the Republic of Liberia.

The  selection of LNP to participate in the UN Mission in Sudan signals the confidence and trust that the United Nations has in the integrity and performance of the Liberia National police, especially, under this current leadership of the Liberia National police.

During the fareware ceremony on Friday, November 12, 2021 at the Headquarters of the Liberia National police,  IGP Sudue expressed gratitude to the selected officers for their brilliant and excellent performance and at same time encouraged more LNP  females officers  to take advantage of the UN Mission.

He further said, the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) has also granted the LNP another opportunity of committing One Hundred, Forty (140) Formed Police officers to participate in ECOWAS Standby Force.

The Police Chief indicated that under his Administration, Liberians can be assured of more efforts which are underway in professionalizing and building the capacities of the Liberia National police in performing its statutory duties and responsibilities of protecting life and property.

He concluded by thanking the Government of Liberia through the president of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah,  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its permanent Mission in New York, the United States of America and the Ministry of Justice for all the cooperation and Assistance that has led the LNP to reaching this far with this landmark achievement.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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