The United States Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder has donated over 200 pieces of uniforms to officers assigned with the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation BCR), Ministry of Justice (MOJ).
The BCR is one of the security components under the MoJ, including the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), the Liberia Fire Service (LFS) and the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA).
The uniforms include pants and jacket suits, pairs of boots, shirts, and belts and were turned over to the BCR on May 24 in the conference room of the MoJ in Monrovia.
While presenting the boxes of the uniforms, Amb. Elder acknowledged the important role correction officers play in rehabilitating inmates to become useful in society.
She said the donation was an appreciation to the BCR for the professional work it does, emphasizing that the US Embassy will like to see such professionalism continues among security personnel.
The US Government, Amb. Elder said partners with different security apparatuses in the country to meet some of their needs, and such is the same with the correction officers.
One area in the Liberian security sector where the US has heavily invested in is the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). The US has up to date, used millions of dollars to train Liberia’s post-war army that will be people friendly and engage in other professional activities besides warfare.
Amb. Elder noted that the donation is to bring pride and encouragement to the officers as they go on with their work to rehabilitate people who are detained for wrongful acts.
The Ministry of Justice was also represented by Minister Musa Dean and his corps of officials during the presentation.
In a statement of appreciation to Amb. Elder and the US Embassy, Minister Dean said the donation will help lift the confidence and morale of the officers.
Dean said the donation was timely and motivating to the officers, and will therefore help build their respect. He also described the role of the officers as cardinal to peace and stability, considering that they are responsible to rehabilitate people who go contrary to societal norms to once again become useful and peace-loving.