Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) yesterday launched what they called a tactical operation, code name “Operation Guardian Angel.” According to an LNP release, the operation is intended to address the high incidence of criminal activities during the holiday celebrations.
The LNP calls on the public to cooperate with the police by reporting any suspected criminal activities in their communities.
Operation Guardian Angel commenced on December 1 and will be active up to January 15, 2017. It will entail the deployment of police officers at strategic intersections and other places to provide assistance to the physically challenged, pregnant women, and the elderly who will be crossing major roads.
The presence of police officers will also serve as a deterrent to criminals, who may want to inflict harm on peaceful individuals.
“The operation will also address the problem of traffic congestion and conduct surveillance, detection and deterrence patrols including possible arrests of violators in commercial centers,” the release said.
The release quotes the Police Director Gregory Coleman as saying that Operation Guardian Angel is intended to provide an enabling and safe environment for every resident and stranger entering the country through an effective, efficient, and professional police service delivery.
Coleman said modern policing is concentrated on service delivery. He called on police officers to adapt to the new trend of policing if they want the police to win the confidence of the Liberian people.
He assured the public of police preparedness to provide the required security services as the country approaches the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
Director Coleman has warned LNP officers to adhere to the principals of democratic policing, discipline, excellence and to avoid getting entangled in corrupt practices. He maintained that police officers are to demonstrate professionalism that reinforces their commitment to democratic values, respect for human rights and a non- partisan approach to duty.