Authorities of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) yesterday began a six-week specialized in-service training in drug law enforcement for 101 drug enforcement officers.
The training exercise is organized by the LDEA with sponsorship from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) through the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Drawdown Special Fund provided by the Liberian government and donor community. Its lead facilitator is Sylvester S. Gbeintor, Counselor-at-Law, Liberia Law Reform Commission.
The training, according to LDEA Director-General, Anthony K. Souh, is necessary as UNMIL prepares to leave the country by June this year.
“In the wake of UNMIL departure, we find it expedient as part of the Ministry of Justice to institute various trainings for our newly trained officers in other aspects of law enforcement,” Director Souh told the Daily Observer shortly before the training commenced.
He therefore challenged the participants to see the in-service training as an opportunity in their quest to fight the importation of illicit drugs and contrabands into the country.
Director Souh: “Upon the completion of the training, participants are expected to become professional narcotic investigators, not only in Liberia, but in the entire sub-region, where they would combat illicit drugs and trafficking.”
Also speaking was Ron Flemming, an American trained advisor from the International Narcotic Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and assigned with the LDEA by the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, who admonished the participants to put into practice what they will acquire from the training so as to make Liberia “at least a drug free society.”
INL works to keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. It also helps countries like Liberia deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching US shores.
Mr. Flemming then appealed to the 101 LDEA officers to remain professional and hardworking as their integrity would lead them to becoming successful law enforcement officers.