LIBERIA: UN Police Grants Liberia’s Request For Role In Global Peacekeeping
All appears set for the Liberia National Police (LNP) to assign one of its personnel with the United Nations Police (UNPOL) at the UN headquarters in New York.
Under the arrangement, another LNP officer will be in Monrovia to coordinate security intelligence and cooperation at the level of the UN as it concerns the role of Liberia in peacekeeping.
Setting up of such liaison office with UNPOL at the UN Headquarters in New York comes in the wake of LNP Inspector General Patrick Sudue’s recent visit to the United States where he held talks with top UN police personnel on a wide range of law enforcement issues relative to the gains Liberia has made in fighting crimes, the challenges, as well as the UN’s role in reforming the post-war police force.
The LNP said that Col. Sudue pleaded with UNPOL’s Officer-In-Charge Shaowen Yang for participation of the Liberian police in international law enforcement engagements under the world body.
LNP spokesperson Moses Carter told a press conference in Monrovia that OIC Yang assured Col. Sudue of UNPOL’s continued commitment to provide the needed technical and other support to address short, medium, and long-term challenges facing the LNP which includes combating transnational crimes.
Moreover, Cater quoted Yang as instructing Isak Enstrom of UNPOL’s peacekeeping operations to prepare “a package and to work out the modalities for the LNP to be included in future missions.”
While in the United States, police chief Sudue lobbied with some UN executives, despite principally visiting there to acquire advanced skills and knowledge in the area of National and International Security by attending the Harvard University Kennedy School of Executive Education, where he earned a certificate in National and International Security.
“In the LNP chief’s quest to make maximum use of his visit to the U.S., he also visited the State Department’s Field Office in New Jersey and met with senior security personnel, including Mike Escott, Supervisory Special Agent; Gretchen Koeritazer, Special Agent; and Peter Carlson, Special Agent,” spokesman Carter also told journalists in Monrovia.