On the November 16, at least 74 Community Watch Forum (CWF) members received certificates of attendance from the Liberia National Police and UNMIL for participating in training for community policing in the Gbor Administrative District in Nimba County.
The training was intended to give the citizens the skills neccesary to serve as guards in their community. This would allow ordinary citizens to contribute towards keeping law and order.
During the certification of graduates, the Police Commander of Nimba, Tito Loden, told the graduating members of the CWF to be proactive by helping prevent crime in their communities.
He warned them not to be uneccesarily brutal towards anyone or attempt to make arrests as it was not their responsibility.
The National chairman of the CWF, I. Nyenati Kaffey, told the CWF that the safety of the community rests in their hands.
“We are not security officers, but we have a duty to expose every situation that has the potential to create insecurity in our community,” he said.
Mr. Kaffey said, “We are the ears of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Police, the BIN, and the Gender Ministry as well; your ability to evaluate a particular situation is part of your duty.”
“You are not there to settle criminal issues, but to aid the police, DEA, BIN, and other security agencies with information,” he added.
According to the overview, the CWF provides 95% of the information on criminal activity in the Gbor District, and are working in nearly all the communities in Liberia.
It was the CWF that helped the authorities to arrest the perpetrator in the murder case of a 22-year-old man in Teahplay on the 9th of November. He was caught escaping to Grand Gedeh Gold Camp, a place where many criminals are said to be hiding.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Cllr. Yarmie Quiqui Gbeinsaye, who urged the CWF to be dutiful to their community and the country at large by reporting all crimes to the proper authorities.
The Paramount Chief of Gbor Administrative District ,David Beangar, also expressed happiness over the training of the CWF and urged them to be respectful to all chiefs and work hard to bring peace in the community.
Mr. Gilbrel Turay, the UN Head of Field Office in Nimba said, “only Liberians can bring peace to Liberia and UNMIL will work along with the police to build your capacity.”