Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have launched an ambulance service to be used in Monrovia and its environs as part of the police’s community outreach program, an LNP release has said.
The newly appointed Inspector General of the police, Gregory Coleman, according to the release, will by discretion, assign the ambulance service to any community where the need will arise, because the ambulance is intended to help communities for medical emergencies at night and for road traffic accidents.
Coleman noted that the ambulance service is just one aspect of the Rapid Response System that his administration has put into place, “not just for the fight against crime, but to improve our service delivery to the public.”
He therefore called on the public to make good use of the LNP ambulance service by helping the police respond to the needs of the public in emergency situations by dialing the LNP Hotlines, 0770800911 or 0770800990.
This latest service by the LNP is the first of its kind since the 1990s, when the police first launched a similar service under the leadership of the late Police Director Joseph Tate.
Coleman assured the public that the LNP under his watch will focus on responding to the needs and aspirations of residents.
In a related development, the LNP has launched a new operation, code name: ‘Operation Visibility’, with the aim to make police presence felt in various communities as a means to promote a safe environment for sustainable economic growth and development.
Operations Visibility, according to the release, seeks to especially deter criminals and apprehend and subsequently forward to court for prosecution individuals involved in illicit drugs peddling, as well as to curb the country’s alarming crime rate.
“Operation Visibility entails the clearing of streets, carrying out raids and execution at the criminal hideouts and ghettos and maintain police presence and deploy officers at strategically raided sites,” the release noted.