The Liberia National Police (LNP) and The Carter Center have completed a three-day elections and conflict prevention capacity building training for senior and mid-level managers of the police. The training is part of ongoing preparations for pre-election, election and post election interventions to prevent conflict. It is also part of a series of ongoing training programs that the Carter Center and LNP are partnering to ensure that police officers are prepared to prevent and manage potential conflicts.
At the opening of the training program, LNP Commissioner for Administration Ebreem Deline re-emphasized the police’s commitment to remain impartial while providing equal opportunity and space for all political parties and supporters to engage in their activities.
Deline said the LNP’s primary focus is to work with all Liberians to promote a smooth transition and create an environment that will be conducive for all to participate – emphasizing that the New LNP will seek the welfare of Liberians in the performance of its statutory duties.
He lauded The Carter Center Access to Information Program and the Swedish Government for their level of support in training the officers on the importance of proactive disclosure of information. Deline cautioned the officers to work towards winning the confidence of the public as they perform their duties and to desist from acts that will undermine the good name of the police.
The Carter Center Access to Information Program lead, Thomas Doe Nah, called on participants to see information sharing as cardinal to the performance of their functions as police officers. He emphasized that information is power and when disseminated, it must be relevant, timely, accurate and widely accessible so that it serves citizens well. Nah said that his organization will continue to work with the LNP in training more officers on the importance of the Freedom of Information Law, which promotes transparency and accountability.
The training program focused on the importance of access to information and proactive disclosure, media and police relationship, and conflict prevention and management.