AS UNMIL DRAWDOWN: US Gov’t Commits More Support To LNP

The United States Government through its Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Madam Deborah R. Malac, has assured the Liberia National Police of her Government commitment in supporting   the Emergency Response Unit and the Police Support Unit, as the United Nations drawdown its mission in Liberia.   The US Envoy making the disclosure over the weekend at Headquarters of the Liberia National assured the Police leadership of the US Government’s commitment in professionalizing both the Emergency Response Unit and the Police Support Unit in maintaining law and order.

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Police Response Unit (PSU) are specialized units within the Liberia National Police.

The American envoy also expressed willingness of the US Government to assist the professional Standards Division in helping to deal with ethical transgressions within the Liberia National Police, especially as it relates to the public (Police/Public Relations).

Ambassador Malac said despite of reported missteps on the part of some officers of the police, her government was delighted in the progressive efforts being made by the police’s administration in professionalizing the institution; by instituting disciplinary measures against officers found of breaching ethical standards in the performance of their duties.

In response, Deputy Director of Police for Administration Hon. William K. Mulbah who proxy for the Director of Police, Col C. Clarence Massaquoi, expressed gratitude to the US Government through Ambassador Malac for the continuous assistance the US Government has provided the Liberia National Police over the years, especially the ERU and the PSU.

He said in the wake of the UN Mission drawdown, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Liberia National Police is gearing up to meet the challenge of providing professional security service to the people of Liberia by the building of capacity of officers to take over from the departing UN Mission.

Deputy Director Mulbah recounted the many contributions the American people through their government have made to the Liberia National Police, and welcomed the move by the US Government in considering the Professional Standards Division for US Government’s support.

He said the consideration of the Professional Standards Division will further enhance the disciplinary measures that have been instituted in the police department, stressing that the police will continue to uphold those values it was established upon.

The Police Director for his part seized the occasion to highlight some of the challenges facing the Liberia National Police.

In conclusion, Deputy Mulbah assured Ambassador Malac of the police administration’s commitment and determinations to make transparency in the Liberia National Police a hallmark with the view of winning back full public confidence in the LNP.