The Liberia National Law Enforcement Association (LINLEA), through its Center for Criminal Justice Research and Education (CCJRE), has commenced a one-month internship training for statisticians of key security agencies in the country.
The training, according to the organizers, is aimed at enhancing the capacity of statisticians, to produce accurate and reliable statistical data on crime, judicial, prison and administrative data.
Cecil B. Griffiths, Director for LINLEA and CCJRE, told the participants that the internship training was organized to address a cardinal weakness observed in the collection and presentation of crime and justice statistics in the country.
Griffiths said that inasmuch as justice and security institutions collect data on their activities, these information are not consolidated for presentation as “national statistics.”
He pointed out that crime and justice statistics are not only to serve as a tool for promoting transparency and enabling the public to hold to account all institutions spending public funds, but also facilitates effective internal policy-making and efficient management.
Mr. Griffiths noted that security and justice institutions collect and analyze data that are only presented to the government through annual reports, which do not filter down to the public; therefore, citizens are not aware of what the various agencies are doing in terms of providing justice, safety and security in their areas.
He attributed the situation to logistical, technical and limited capacity challenges facing those institutions.
In an effort to improve the situation, LINLEA, with funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), embarked on the initiative to support security and justice institutions to improve on their statistical data collection, analysis and presentation.
The internship, which commenced on March 26 at the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Education on Camp Johnson Road, is expected to end on April 20, but the participants will be certificated on April 27.
Topics to be covered are, “Fundamentals of Statistics, Data for Criminal Justice Planning, Management and Operations, Methods of Data Collection, Compilation, Analysis and Presentation.”
Others will include “The Nexus between Research and Statistics, Commonalities and Differences among Survey, Census and Administrative Data; Code of Practice for Official Statistics, Using Data Publicly and Introduction to the Public Safety Mapping Index Study.”
Mr. Griffiths has meanwhile said that a key output of the internship will be an exploratory mapping to be conducted for the country.
Agencies represented are the Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS), Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and Executive Protection Service (EPS).
Others are the National Security Agency (NSA), Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Office of the Court Administrator, Temple of Justice, Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Monrovia City Police.
Mr. Griffiths has, therefore, expressed his organization’s appreciation to all agencies that availed their representatives to take advantage of the internship, praising them for the level of interest shown in making Liberian agencies highly competent in producing appropriate statistical reports on their activities.