Liberia’s security agencies including Liberia National Police (LNP), Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), and the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) have begun a joint operation to strengthen partnership among the various agencies. The operation is code named, “Watch Over Five.”
Sam Collins, LNP spokesperson, made the disclosure recently during an ongoing operation at the Samuel K. Doe Sport Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
“The exercise is expected to end this weekend,” according to Collins.
“The concern to uphold the country’s peace in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL),” Mr. Collins said, “remains a serious talk by citizens and residents across the country, calling on the mission to remain until the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.”
He said the ongoing process is intended to bring Liberia’s security sector up to speed in handling situations in the absence of UNMIL and creating a reliable security relationship as well as confidence building with their counterparts.
The operation is also intended to enhance the existing relationship among the various security-related institutions, taking into consideration the conduct of the 2017 elections.
“During this operation, we will identify our weaknesses and find ways to collaborate with the various security sectors in addressing those shortcomings during the upcoming elections. If the police have some weaknesses in the case of any event, we discussed how other security agencies could respond by beefing up the police strength. This is meant to clearly define the partnership,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Collins has assured the public that the security sector is ready to fully handle the country’s security as UNMIL draws down. He called on the citizens to assist in respecting, reporting community violence, and working with various security institutions to maintain peace.