The United States of America’s Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, has assured officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) of the United States Government’s continuous support.
The US Ambassador gave the assurance Tuesday, December 3rd, when she paid a courtesy visit on Police Director Chris Massaquoi at his Capitol Hill Headquarters.
During their discussion, emphasis was placed on the LNP’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Police Support Unit (PSU). She assured Director Massaquoi of her country's government’s continuous support to these two riot units of the LNP.
According to Police Spokesman Sam Collins, Ambassador Malac also expressed interest in the work of the Professional Standards Division,(PSD), the unit of the LNP responsible for dealing with police misconduct as it relates to the public, as well as amongst police officers. “She intimated that the PSD will also be considered for inclusion to the US Government’s support to the LNP,” Collins said.
Responding to the US Government’s gesture, Director Massaquoi expressed his personal thanks and that of the LNP to Ambassador Malac for the visit and the assurance given by the US Government that its supports to the ERU and PSU and promise to include the PSD.
The LNP boss also shared with the US Ambassador some of the many challenges facing the LNP in its day-to-day operations, especially in the wake of the upcoming festive season marking the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Col. Massaquoi acquainted the US Ambassador with the police's need to increase its presence on the streets due to the increase in criminal activity around this time of the year; to which end, he added, the LNP's fleet of vehicles and fuel supply is inadequate.
He assured Ambassador Malac, however, that his administration will make transparency his operational hallmark in order to win back the full confidence of the public.