In order to support the decentralization of key security services in Liberia in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), two specific interventions were identified.
A refresher training for the Liberia National Police- Police Support Unit (LNP/PSU) and the procurement of full sets of uniforms for the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization- Border Patrol Unit (BIN/BPU) required funding.
The LNP/PSU officers who are deployed across the country are helping to prevent and respond to security incidents and concerns in communities while the BIN/BPU officers are ensuring border surveillance along the country’s border posts.
In fulfillment of one of the two areas of interventions for security services decentralization and the enhancement of border management in Liberia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the Peace Building Fund (PBF), Tuesday, turned over 167 sets of uniforms and accessories to the BIN for use by the Border Patrol Unit (BPU).
The items include pants, shirts, boots, berets, inner and outer belts, socks, shoulder cords, shoulder patches, whistles, handcuffs, handcuffs cases, expandable batons, whistle chains, whistle hooks, rain gear ponchos, classic crewneck T-shirts, immigration badges and private badges. They were officially handed over by Nessie Golakai- Gould, UNDP Assistant Country Director and Governance Pillar Team Leader.
“On behalf of UNDP through the Justice and Security Programme, I am pleased to hand over 167 full sets of uniforms and accessories for BIN/BPU officers and hope that it will be distributed to the Border Patrol Unit (BPU) officers throughout the country,” Madam Gould said.
The UNDP Justice and Security Programme (JSP) seeks to support the efforts of the Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary in the consolidation of recovery of the country through a focus on reforms aimed at strengthening security and justice institutions. It also supports Government efforts to revamp rural communities and reduce crime thus, creating a safe and secure environment for conflict prevention and development.
The JSP, through the Peace Building Fund is providing support to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the Judiciary, the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for implementation of the regional security Hubs 2 and 3 activities.
Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization Deputy Commissioner for Administration, Col. Danny B. Sartee and Director of Border Patrol Unit, Col. Wilson S. Garpeh, separately expressed appreciation to UNDP for the continued support to the BIN.
Col. Sartee assured that the items will be immediately dispatched and distributed amongst BIN officers at the various border posts in Liberia. He hailed BIN officers in the field for their sacrificial services to the State and people despite the numerous challenges being encountered.