Police Inspector General designate Gregory Coleman has committed his incoming leadership to seek the welfare of police officers and instituting a high degree of discipline among the men and women in the force.
Coleman, who along with Deputy Director for Operations designate, Abraham Kromah, were confirmed late yesterday evening, said he recognized low morale among police officers and promised to focus on raising the level of discipline in the LNP, adding “while we have a morale problem, we must do all within our power to strengthen discipline.”
He told a Senate Committee on National Security, on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans Affairs on Wednesday at the Capitol Hill that when confirmed, one of his foremost proprieties will be to address officers’ welfare by changing their respective outlooks, making reference to the lack of decent uniforms for police officers.
Coleman told the committee that the LNP has a pivotal role in the country’s transition, and as such, the morale and outlook of the men is important to winning public confidence.
On the reduction of crimes, Inspector Coleman said the issue will be addressed in an urgent manner as the security of the nation and its people cannot be compromised.
Coleman said in his first hundred days in office, the public will witness a massive presence of police in various communities, beginning with Monrovia and its environs.
He added: “Community policing will help to reduce the crime rate.”
He assured the hearing committee that engagement with the public is significant in the fight against crimes.
He added that “The people’s involvement in helping the police to reduce crimes matters, and we will continue to work with various communities.”
He also informed members of the National Legislature of his willingness, if confirmed, to engage that august body on matters concerning the police.
Coleman said: “When I am confirmed by this body as the Inspector General of Police, I will remain in touch with this body on issues confronting the police on a periodic basis.”
For his part, Abraham Kromah, Deputy Director of Police for Operations, said his return to the police force is intended to serve the country and its people.
“If I am confirmed, commitment and service to country will be the hallmark of the officers,” Col. Kromah asserted before the joint committee on Capitol Hill.
He said as Operations Chief designate, his primary responsibility will be to institute discipline among the men, promising drastic action against any police officer that will undermine the true meaning of professional policing.
Col. Kromah said he would remain proactive in fighting crime in Liberia, but also called on Liberians to be respecters of the law.
“The law is the guidance for all of us, and as such, we must respect it to the fullest,” Kromah said.