The Acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Cllr. Lemuel E. A. Reeves, on Saturday, November 9, warned all 234 of BIN’s first post-war graduates that their authority would not hesitate to strip them of their uniforms or punish any officers going against the norms of the institution.
“Do not compromise your integrity and that of the institution. Obey only lawful partners and whatever you do not understand seek the advice of your superiors, they will always be available to provide you with the necessary clarifications.
We will not hesitate to disrobe you or punish any of our officers who choose to go against the norms of the institution or the country,” Cllr. Reeves further warned when he spoke at the program marking the official graduation ceremony of the BIN Basic Recruit Class one.
The ceremony was graced by an array of government officials and foreign dignitaries, and held at the National Police Training Academy, in Paynesville outside Monrovia.
He disclosed that the graduates would shortly be deployed to start mending the holes in Liberia’s 176 ports of entries, which, according to him, will soon be created as the result of the gradual withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
“You will be assigned with the responsibility to protect our borders against illegal entry, human trafficking, and other cross border crimes.”
“As you go forth in your assignments take them very seriously, and follow your operational procedures by upholding the ethics we have taught you as your guide,” the BIN boss advised the graduates.
Stressing on the lack of logistical support, Cllr. Reeves said, “Despite the challenges we face, our officers are ready to patrol our borders.”
“You are aware that the terrains in which most of our borders are situated are difficult to patrol, and therefore require more logistical support to enhance the mobility of those officers already assigned.”
Commenting on the importance of training, the Acting BIN boss stressed that training was the backbone of building the capacity of every security institution, adding: “this is why we are calling on government to provide us with the needed support to start with the training of another batch of recruits.”