In the aftermath of a recent fracas between the officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Executive Protective Service (EPS), Police Director Chris Massaqoi yesterday challenged recruits of the EPS to remain disciplined and practice courtesy as part of necessity in maintaining cohesion within any military and paramilitary institutions.
“They are the hallmarks that demonstrate to those outside of the profession the true nature of who we are, and must therefore be always displayed whenever and wherever we find ourselves in the presence of a superior,” Director Massaquoi noted.
Himself a former head of the Special Security Service (SSS, before it became known as EPS), Massaquoi advised: “Courtesy and discipline should cut across the board and not be reserved for only superiors of our respective organizations.”
Col. Massaquoi made the assertion at the welcoming ceremony of 100 EPS recruits at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
“At the academy,” he said, “it is no joke that we can drop anyone of you if you don’t take your study serious. We have done it before and we can do it again when the condition becomes ripe,” the Massaquoi warned.
“If you think you have connection anywhere, then try us, because we are not going to waste any time, but to kick you out and your connection would not do anything to qualify you as an EPS officer.”
To be an EPS officer, he said, one must have obtained the grade and conduct as prescribed by authority of the academy.
“I believe that this can only be a success story if all of the country’s security institutions collaborate with a single vision,” he told the recruits who bowed as a mark of respect.
He said collaboration between and among national as well as private security organizations is an essential ingredient in fighting crimes in any given society.
“Without collaboration, our work as national or private security institutions would suffer hindrances that may after times lead to unnecessary delays in delivering the vital and professional services the society expects of us”, Massaquoi observed.
He maintained further that collaboration does not stand alone but, it is supported by corroboration and coordination as the two elements which are very important in achieving the intended goals to protect lives and property.
He noted that the coordination and cooperation of security institutions will cause no problem after the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) by June this year.
In a related development, Director Massaquoi informed that the LNP has completed the deployment of officers in eight of the 15 counties ahead of the UN mission’s drawdown.
He assured that he Liberian security force is capable of handling any situations arising from security threat in the country and therefore called on Liberians to appreciate the force.
Earlier in a remark, EPS Chief of Administration, Mack Kollie, also called on the recruits to make use of the opportunity provided them to be recruited into the force.
He cautioned them to take their training seriously as the administration will not relent to drop anyone that will not live up to their standard during the course of studies.