The former Inspector General (IG) of the Liberia National Police will this week receive an African Security Watch Award. The award is intended to recognize the valuable services that the men and women of the LNP have rendered over the years.
Gregory Coleman told journalists in an interview on Monday that the award means a lot to the hard working men and women of the LNP and the people of Liberia, adding that the leadership of the LNP has over the years exemplified what he called “excellent performance.”
The award, he said, “recognizes how resilient the LNP has been in its operations; it means that people in and outside of Liberia appreciate the police.”
The former IG, however, mentioned that there are criteria setup to receive the African Security Watch Award, stating that these criteria firstly look at compliance with community relations and human rights related issues.
He, however, advised the new leadership of the LNP, the young men and women of the LNP as well as other security forces in Liberia continue to maintain the excellent conduct which has placed the country’s security at the top in West Africa, adding that the ethics of the security sector should never be compromised in any form.
Meanwhile, the outgoing IG has refuted recent reports that he misused funds intended for officers of the Liberia National Police to purchase a bulletproof vehicle for his personal use.
He said there has been absolutely no report from anywhere including the LNP that has revealed that he bought such a vehicle, adding, “The records are there. There are people who want to undo every good effect of the leadership of the LNP,” who he described as detractors who have no proof to back their claims.
The former senior officer of the police said over the years he worked very hard to build his reputation and the successes of the LNP.
“I am open to any form of audit from any institution regarding these false allegations leveled against me,” Coleman declared.