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Police Chief wants police armed

By Joseph Sayon
Police Inspector General, Chris Massaquoi
Police Inspector General, Chris Massaquoi

(lbsonline/Liberia)-Police Inspector General, Chris Massaquoi, says current circumstances dictate the need to arm the Liberia National Police (LNP).

Col. Massaquoi said: “The Liberia National Police will have to be armed to fill in the gaps that would be created by the planned draw-down of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)”. 
“The LNP has already started re-equipping, re-deploying, and carrying out re-configuration of the entire force”, he said.

The Police Inspector General told lbsonline that as part of the process, twenty LNP personnel were recently sent to the United States of America to under-go advanced police training. “The intention of my administration is to produce quality police officers with the capacity to ably replace their UNMIL counterparts after the UN mission shall have expired in Liberia”, Col. Massaquoi said.

“Besides the twenty police officers currently in the US, one hundred fifty college graduates are undergoing training at the National Police Academy in Paynesville”.

He said: “Upon completion of the exercise, the one hundred fifty college graduates will be deployed across the country and given the necessary incentives”. 


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