Liberia National Police (LNP) Director, Chris Massaquoi has lauded the United States and other international partners for their strong support to the LNP and other security agencies in Liberia, a dispatch from U.S. has said.
Director Massaquoi made the commendation recently when he met with Alexander A. Arvizu, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Director Massaquoi said the Government and people of Liberia are grateful to the United States and other partners for their strong support to the country’s security sector reform, especially progress that has been made in the restructure of the LNP. He also made specific reference to the U.S.
Government’s continuous support to the LNP in the areas of training and mentoring.
According to the dispatch, he indicated that despite serious budgetary challenges, the Liberian government has made tremendous efforts in funding capacity projects in many parts of the country. He said LNP officers are being deployed in various parts of the country in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown.
He stated that the LNP has attained the maximum level of training for its officers, but that there were serious challenges regarding the availability of the necessary equipment for the officers to effectively perform their duties.
Massaquoi also briefed Secretary Arvizu about the progress made in Liberia’s security sector reform, including the passage of the Police and Immigration Acts and formulation of the LNP strategic plan. The policies and regulations are aimed at professionalizing the force.
He informed Secretary Arvizu of efforts being made to build the LNP’s human resource capacity and ensure adherence to the rule of law and transparent justice in the enforcement of the law.
Director Massaquoi appealed to the United States and the other international partners for more support to buttress the GOL to ensure full security in anticipation of the UNMIL drawdown and the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
Responding, Deputy Assistant Secretary Arvizu reaffirmed U.S. commitment to support Liberia’s security and progress. He described Liberia as a close partner of the United States, and assured that the U.S. will continue to support the LNP.
Secretary Arvizu emphasized the need for the LNP to operate in compliance with the rule of law and respect for basic human rights.
Director Massaquoi was accompanied to the State Department meeting by Jeff G. Dowana, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Liberian Embassy in Washington D.C. Also at the meeting was Tony Fernandez, Director, Office of Africa and Middle East, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of State.