More than 500 police officers have received US$450 each as an incentive to ensure that they take up assignments in the leeward counties, Police Director Chris Massaquoi told journalists last Tuesday in Monrovia.
He said the money, provided by UNMIL, was sent to the officers’ accounts to take care of food and shelter at their various new assignments.
The officers, he said, are those who are being prepared to take over from UNMIL as it pulls out.
Most of the officers being sent to the leeward counties, Col. Massaquoi said, are those who recently graduated from classes 42 and 43.
Other units, he said, who are usually sent for a six-month exercise are those from the Police Support Unit (PSU), and they were given U$750 each to help them cope in their new environment.
He urged the officers leaving for their new posts to lead by good example and be disciplined as they discharge their duties in the service of their fellow Liberians.
Reporters later observed police officers, with their logistics ready for the trip, chanting and singing, getting into the vehicles taking them to their various destinations.