The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Colonel Clarence C. Massaquoi, blames the general public, including communities and individuals across the country for the presence of unprofessional officers in the police force.
Speaking yesterday on the observance of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held at the Young Men’s Christian Association Conference Hall in Monrovia, Director Massaquoi said, communities and individuals were recommending people known to have committed crimes for employment in the police force.
The police boss charged that those recommendations were based on personal interests and nepotism which have led to the employment of many unprofessional police officers in the ranks. This is bad and unfortunate for the LNP, he declared.
“We have some good apples within the police, but the bad ones are also many and they account for problems that reflect negatively on the image of the police. We are working to ensure that all the bad apples are removed from the force,” he said.
He explained that the police officers are human and are liable to make mistakes in discharging their duties. But he promised to ensure that professionalism in the police force is maintained to the fullest during his administration.
“We are not in the habit of putting any journalist or other citizen in jail. Journalists need to help the government in making Liberia a better place to live. Journalists need to abide by police orders while discharging their duties,” the police director stated.
“When we took over the police, we insisted that not a single person will die and not even the journalist. The police will not witch hunt the media,” The LNP boss explained.
Speaking on the collaboration between the media, journalists and the police in general, the police boss said, the police have no intention of jailing journalists. He promised to work with media institutions and journalists for the betterment of Liberia.
The police boss called on media institutions and journalists to observe their social responsibilities in the process of discharging their duties and avoid anything that could cause political conflicts in the country.