While the crime rate in Monrovia continues to soar with Liberia National Police (LNP) constantly complaining about the lack of logistical support, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent has reported a reduction in crime in the county.
Quoting the county police Commander, Augustine Leo Warri, LINA reported that the reduction in crime was recorded mainly in March.
According to him, during March, the LNP confirmed receiving a total of 27 criminal cases as compared to previous months where the numbers were appalling. Of the 27 cases, Commander Warri said his office sent 20 to court, while four of the cases remain under ‘preliminary investigation.’
Warri made the disclosure on Monday during the county’s regular monthly Peace, Security and Rule of Law Pillar meeting in Kakata.
The meeting brought together stakeholders, among them heads of various security agencies assigned in the county, the county leadership, headed by the Superintendent, John Z. Buway, among others.
In his presentation, Commander Warri said his office recorded 22 motor accidents, which he said occurred across the county and involved vehicles and motorbikes.
Warri has meanwhile commended residents of the county, noting that police and public relationship has improved in the county. He attributed the improved relationship to the commitment of the community policing program, which involves LNP holding regular meetings with the various communities throughout the county.
Commenting on the number of police officers assigned in the county, Warri stated 74, while decrying that only two are assigned in Gibi District with a population of 25,000 plus. Commander Warri has therefore appealed to the Director of Police, Chris Massaquoi, for logistical support to enhance effective police operations.
He said the LNP lacks vehicles, office supplies and other essentials to enable them to effectively carry out their duties in the face of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown from the country by June this year.
Warri said the only jeep assigned in the county has outlived its usefulness and often times breaks down while being used to carry out police operations.
He said as a result of this, the police often find it difficult, if not impossible, to combat crime effectively across the county, a situation Warri described as “very challenging.”