Corrections Officers Undergo One-Week SIU Training

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Participants brainstorm on some of the important topics.

The Ministry of Justice, Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR) on Monday, September 17, commenced a week-long Advanced Investigation Training for National Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation Specialized Investigation Unit in Monrovia.

The BCR Specialized Investigation Unit is responsible for the internal investigation of its officers, jailbreaks and other unwholesome activities within the prison system. The Specialized Investigation Unit of the BCR, headed by Moses Lavela, was officially inducted into office on Monday, September 17, 2018.

The unit is made up of eight officers, two females and six males. The investigative unit was established in 2016 and has since been conducting investigations within the Bureau of Corrections.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Justice, Eddie S. Taliwali, Assistant Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation, lauded the Swedish Government, Irish Aid, UNDP (United Nations Development Program), and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the support given the Government and people of Liberia.

Special thanks were also extended to the Sweden Corrections Services for two officers — Niklas Ljungblom and Niklas Bostedt — to train Liberia Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation Specialized Investigation Unit officers

Minister Taliwali challenged BCR officers to make use of the knowledge provided by the Swedish trainers, who came to train them in basic investigative security training techniques.

The Minister also cautioned them to effectively execute their duties as professionals — and without fear or favor.

Taliwali said that the total cost of the training, including the two trainers’ expenses, amounted to US$25,000.

Participants include Moses A. Lavela, head of the unit, Samuel M. Benda, Jr., Bendu B. Harris, Mark D. Walker, Jackson K. Kolako, Samuel W. Jallah, Marron K. Carmo and Arthur B. Zotah.

They will receive badges and certificates as certified investigators at the end of the training.

The training, which ends on September 21, is focused on Advanced Investigation, Intelligence Information in Prisons, Investigation Skills, Reporting System, Early Warning System, and Prison Security.

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