The Acting head of the United Nations Police in Liberia (UNPOL) on Tuesday, December 16, advised authority of the Liberia National Police to make use of the expertise of senior officers who just graduated from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Mr. Cesar Hawthorne said, if their talents were to be utilized and maximized, it would enable them to positively contribute to the transformation process of the LNP in the drawdown of UNMIL.
19 senior officers of the LNP returned home recently, following a four-month intensive training in Ghana.
The men were trained in several management discipline including; leadership, economic policy and development, public administration, crime reduction and investigation.
But, Mr. Hawthorne said, at a well attended ceremony at the headquarters of LNP that “They have potential to occupy higher position of leadership in the LNP and we have to try and give it to them,” the Acting UNPOL head noted.
“But, the challenge I want to bring forward is how can we maximize and utilize their talents.”
“We need to motive them by giving them higher position. We need to find a way how they can best help to prepare a strategy plan that would fast track the development of the LNP.”
He however described the men achievement as a “milestone” in the process of UNMIL drawdown.
He went on to remind the LNP executives saying, “As we consider the gain of peace in Liberia, then we have to ask ourselves how do sustain that peace.”
“We believed we can do this only if we can influence more leadership program, more managers and more change agents, like the 19 senior officers.”
For his part, police Inspector General, Col. Chris Massaquoi said that the officers were some of his best men in the force.
“I single handed pick up for this training, because you are some of the best officers in the Country,” the Police IG disclosed.
He assured them that they (authority) were going to do everything possible to maintain them in the force.
“You have to be committed to the force; please don’t go after fabulous job. We need your expertise in the rebuilding process,” Col. Massaquoi said.
Speaking earlier on behalf of his colleagues, Gregory Coleman, senior inspector of the LNP lauded his bosses and the Irish government for funding their training in Ghana.
He promised that they were prepared to use their skill to bring the police on par with other police in the world.