The Deputy Commissioner of Police for Administration and Professional Standards, Gbor Phil Tougbay, has cautioned officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) to be respectful of local authorities in their areas of assignment.
Speaking recently during the dedication of the Women and Children’s Section of the Ganta Police Detail, he urged them to work along with the city mayor because those are the people that will bring cases from the community.
“Any problem emanating from the community sometimes comes through them and if you are in good rapport with them, they relate most of these issues to you,” he admonished.
“Respect the authorities of the county as well as the city, because as police, that is our job,” he added.
The duty of the police is to serve the people and in so doing, they need to give all necessary respect to civil authority within the community; especially the city mayor, the county authority and among others.
The UNDP-sponsored Women and Children’s Section, created with funding from the Swedish government, was completed several weeks ago.
It contains a modern bathroom, two furnished offices and a short stay room.
The cost of the project was estimated to be US$21,000 according to Alieu Bility, Deputy Chief of the Woman and Children’s Protection Section of the LNP.
The handing over and dedication ceremony was attended by several citizens of Ganta and beyond, as well as members of the Concerned Women of Nimba chaired by Ms. Musu Kardamie.
Commissioner Tougbay, on behalf of the LNP, thanked the donors, including the UNDP and the Swedish government, for their support for the project.
He added, “We receive the keys with caution and responsibility and assure you that the building will be used for the intended purpose.
“We look up to the local authorities in Ganta to work closely with the police to ensure that women and children’s rights are protected,” he added.
He disclosed that similar facilities are under construction in several parts of Liberia, including Lofa and Grand Bassa counties.