US Envoy Urges Collaboration To Ensure Dismantling Of Criminal Networks

The Ambassador of the United States accredited near Monrovia, Christine Elder, has called on the Liberia National Police (LNP) to collaborate closely with other security agencies to disrupt criminal networks in Liberia.The American envoy noted collaboration as the greatest strength of the security sector, adding that it helped provide nationwide security during the 2017 General and Presidential Elections which earned international recognition.

“I want to recognize your teamwork within the LNP to provide safety and security for all Liberians, and I encourage all of you to continue to support and uplift each other,” Elder emphasized.

The American diplomat stressed that the improvement of collaboration amongst security apparatuses in the country will help strengthen the fight against crime.

“The LNP is an essential pillar of this country’s security and stability. Your nation needs you to focus on combating crime and protecting the rights of all citizens.

“You are key to continued peace and security in Liberia and the difficult non-partisan mission you fulfill, along with other security sector partners, is your country’s path to a secure future with opportunities for all Liberians,” Ambassador Elder cited.

She called on the security agencies to maintain absolute neutrality during public demonstrations to allow the Liberian people to exercise their constitutional rights in a peaceful manner.

Ambassador Elder made the statement on Wednesday when she donated 2,750 sets of uniform to the LNP on behalf of the United States of America government.

“Uniforms are an important part of creating a sense of solidarity and professionalism. They allow the public to quickly and accurately identify public servants, which is especially important for police officers,” Elder noted.

She commended Inspector General Patrick Sudue for his leadership ability at the LNP, assuring that the LNP remains a steadfast partner of the United States.
Ambassador Elder recognized the guiding of the protesters by LNP and the Joint Security taskforce through the peaceful demonstration of June 7 as a major achievement, amongst others.

She recalled that under the leadership of IG Sudue, the Police Management Board has signed a number of key Administrative Instructions on commendations, awards, discipline and professional standards within the police.

The sets of uniform, which include shirts, pants, boots, belts, and hats, were donated at the Headquarters of the LNP in Monrovia in continuation of the tripartite partnership that was launched back in 2006 between the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the LNP.

Amb. Elder further noted that this relationship was successful to the extent that the three partners also launched a bilateral Civilian Security Program with the Ministry of Justice in 2008 which, according to her, has increased and expanded in scope.

She asserted that her Government looks forward to deepening the partnership with the LNP, Ministry of Justice and the Civilian Security Program and Judicial sectors in Liberia.

Meanwhile, LNP Inspector General Sudue thanked the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia for breaching its protocol of not usually donating security uniforms.

He assured the partners that the uniforms will reflect the true aspirations of the LNP in the Liberian communities, stating that tardiness commands a lot of respect in the public.

Sudue stated that the donation signifies the strong relationship that exists between the U.S. Government and the Government of Liberia through the numerous assistances that have been given to Liberia through the LNP.

He assured officers of the LNP that his administration will do everything possible to seek the welfare of the gallant men and women of the force.

The Police Chief disclosed that the LNP has officially promoted 775 personnel across Liberia which, according to him, will boost the morale of the men and women of the police.

He also revealed that the LNP will shortly begin the issuance of new identification cards which will help curtail the issue of impersonation in the force.

He outlined the refurbishing of the police college at the training academy, the provision of advanced local and international trainings for LNP officers, amongst others, as projects that were implemented by the INL in Liberia.

The donation of the uniforms is the second in a month by the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia.

It can be recalled that the Embassy donated 770 sets of uniform to the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency last week.

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