The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) has begun three months of training for 250 officers as part of its strategic plan that runs parallel to UNMIL’s draw down.
The BIN curriculum will include border management and security, cross border crime, ECOWAS Protocol and International Conventions. Other topics are human trafficking, Alien and National Law of Liberia, history of the BIN, document fraud detection, investigation procedure and process, drill tactics and obstacles and report writing.
Speaking at the newly established training facility in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County, BIN Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Col. Robert W. Budy, cautioned the officers to make good use of the training.
“Sacrifices that you’re making today are for your country because you left comfortable homes to train in order to serve your country,” Col Budy told them.
He urged them to go through the training with seriousness in order to take over the security sector when UNMIL finally draws down on June 30, 2016 and
BIN officers will be deployed to take over from their UNMIL counterparts.
BIN Deputy Commissioner for Administration Peter F. Zizay informed the trainees that the training is not intended to make them suffer, but rather to adequately prepare them to protect their country and people.
“Some of you have television and other comforts in your homes, but have left all behind to be trained as officers of BIN and fire-fighting, so you should be able to pay more attention to what you are going to learn at this base,” Commissioner Zizay added.
BIN Commissioner Cllr. Lemuel Reeves emphasized that discipline is very important because Liberia’s security will soon be turned over to Liberia’s security sector and as a result much is expected of them in the face of the drawdown.
“If you are a mama’s-baby that cannot stand the training, then it is about time that you give way to others who want to serve their country. We’ll replace those who drop out of the training,” Commissioner Reeves told the trainees.
He warned the trainees, “There will be zero tolerance for criminal behavior, immoral acts, drinking and drug taking. There will be no shortcuts and if you don’t perform well, we’ll kick you out and bring in others who want to be part of the training.”
According to Commissioner Reeves, this is the second batch of officers to be trained since 2013 and they will go through the basic training to augment the strength of the Bureau since UNMIL will drawdown in 2016.
He explained that BIN has vetted over 1,500 men and women from 2012 to 2013 and the second training in preparation for the drawdown will take place next June.
Commissioner Reeves blamed the delay in the training process to a number of problems, including lack of funding, complaints and the renovation of the facility in Sinje which was initially used by the Pakistani Contingent of UNMIL. The cost of the training is more than US$400K, he said.