Liberia’s new Inspector General of Police is making subtle impact

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Liberia’s Inspector General of Police Patrick Toe Sudue before some members of the Senate during his confirmation hearing.

NEW YORK —-On January 22, 2018, Liberia inaugurated a new president, His Excellency George Manneh Weah.  In his inaugural speech, the new Liberian leader unveiled his political culture: the Pro-Poor Agenda.  Following that concept, the president has made several appointments in government; one of them is the position of Inspector General of the Liberia National Police.

President Weah appointed Patrick Toe Sudue as inspector general and director of the Liberia National Police. Sudue replaces outgoing police inspector general/director Gregory Coleman who is said to have won praise from some quarters of the Liberian society and Liberia’s international partners for constructively managing the police force in difficult times, especially during the country’s contentious electoral process in late 2017.

Since the appointment of Sudue, Globe Afrique’ research and analysis unit has been following the activities of the Liberia National Police and the management style of the new inspector general, Patrick Sudue, a career police manager and veteran of the force. So far, the new inspector general has scored excellent marks.  His understanding of the role and responsibilities of policing is encouraging; his management style excellent and his operational policies and vision are admirable.

Unlike past inspectors general/directors, Sudue’s focus is to rebrand the Liberia National Police as a positive entity relied upon by the Liberian community, rather than one that is seen as an antagonist to the communities.  The new inspector general/director is primarily focused on enhancing community relations services, a new unique component of the criminal justice system worldwide.

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Source: Globe Afrique Media

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