Share Accurate Information With Public
-SRSG Løj Urges Liberia National Police
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ellen Margrethe Løj, has urged the Liberian National Police to share information with the communities in a factual and transparent manner as it is fundamentally crucial for the development of a democratic police force. She said this would assure public confidence in the police.
The UN chief envoy in Liberia made the remarks over the weekend when she handed over media equipment to the Liberian National Police (LNP) to support the components of its Strategic Plan that aims to enhance community policing through dissemination of public information to print and broadcast media. The donation, comprised of various media equipment and furniture valued at over US$18,000, was financed through the UNMIL Quick Impact Project Funds, and is hoped to particularly help enhance the work of the Media and Public Relations offices of the LNP at its Monrovia Headquarter and four other locations in the country including Kakata, Zwedru, Tubmanburg and Gbarnga.
Underscoring the importance of accuracy and promptness in disseminating information to the public, the SRSG Madam Løj cautioned LNP Press and Public Affairs officers to uphold the highest standards of professionalism. “Your goal or objective must be to convey accurate and prompt information in a professional way,” she stated.
She also exhorted them to maintain good rapport with the independent media in order to achieve their goals of providing accurate information to the Liberian public.
On his part, the Inspector General of the Liberian National Police, Col. Mark Amblard, thanked UNMIL for the valuable and timely donation. The LNP, he said, has the human resources but lacks the tools to perform effectively. “The donation would enhance the capacity of the LNP to move the institution and the country forward,” he noted.
A release from the United Nations Mission In Liberia says its support to the LNP has included provision of advice, training of officers and construction or renovation of police stations throughout the country. To-date, 42 LNP stations and 21 Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization offices across the country are being renovated or constructed as part of the UNMIL Quick Impact Projects.