Deputy Chief of Staff Warns Law Enforcement Officers to Respect Human Rights

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The Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Colonel  Eric Dennis yesterday declared that for Liberia to survive as a country, respect for human rights and the rule of law should remain paramount to everyone, including the law enforcement agencies.

“If you want us to survive as a country, then you have to understand that everyone is equal under the law,” Col. Dennis warned when he spoke at the certification program of 79 female law enforcement officers.

Describing the ceremony as “success story,” the AFL Deputy Chief of Staff said that bringing together every security agency was a remarkable achievement in the justice system.

The officers were certificated after they completed a weeklong training in the areas of leadership and supervision.

Held in the conference room of the Ministry of Gender and Social Development, the ceremony brought together senior law  enforcement officers.

It was sponsored by the Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association and conducted by the Center for Criminal Justice, Research and Education.  It funded by the Kvinna and Kvinna.

Col. Dennis said he believed that truth and  justice can be achieved  only if everyone,  including law  enforcement officers,  understand that every citizen is equal under the law.

In her remarks, the president of the Female Law Enforcement Association and Deputy Commission of Immigration and Naturalization, Atty. Assatu Bah Kenneh,  said the exercise was intended to empower  female officers to compete with their male counterparts, especially, in playing the role of  leadership and supervision.

 “Gone are the days of male domination in the security sector,  especially in leadership positions. We females   are ready to fill the mantle of leadership into our security agencies,” Atty. Kenneh added.

 “We want you to see this exercise as an encouragement to move forward and support one another and not to pull one another down,” the BIN Deputy declared.

She warned that her institution would  advocate for the right of qualified female officers to occupy leadership position.

Earlier, giving the overview of the training, Cecil B. Griffiths, director of CCJRE, said  the exercise was part of the government’s  security sector reform agenda.

“It is to build the capacity of female officers by giving them basic skills and knowledge regarding leadership and supervision,” the CCJRE boss emphasized.

According to him, despite the security sector reform recommendation for 20% female participation in the leadership of every security agency, women occupied only 8%.

He disclosed that the project would now focus  on providing specialized areas like report writing skills, investigation skills amongst others.

The trainees were from the Liberia National Police (LNP), Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Executive Protection Service (EPS), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Correction and Rehabilitation (BCH), National Security Agency (NSA), Monrovia City Police (MCP), Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Bureau of Custom and Excise (BCE), Liberia Sea Port Police (LSPP), University of Liberia Police (ULP), Regional Guard Security Agency (REGSA) and the Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association.

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