Police Inspector General, Colonel Chris Clarence Massaquoi, has reaffirmed his pledge to weed out corruption from the Liberia National Police (LNP).
Col. Massaquoi stressed that his administration will continue to uphold the zero tolerance policy on corruption/bribery within the LNP.
Director Massaquoi, addressing hundreds of police officers who converged at the Monrovia City Hall Sunday, June 22, to celebrate the police General Assembly, said he will not relent in his drive to reshape the image of the LNP, which according to him, has been hard hit by misconduct as the result of the country’s civil conflict.
The Liberian Police Chief said corrupt practices that tend to undermine the integrity of the police will not be condoned, adding that those who will get involved in such ugly and embarrassing acts will meet the wrath of his pen.
He encouraged officers of the Liberia National Police to perform their duties with a high degree of integrity and professionalism, taking into consideration tat they are being watched by the public, whom they serve.
Commenting on the welfare of police officers, Col. Massaquoi told the gathering that their welfare is paramount on his administration's agenda. He assured the officers that his administration is revisiting the insurance policy, which will benefit officers and their spouses.
He furthered promised to push for better incentives and improved allowances, especially for officers taking assignments in the leeward counties.
The LNP boss also took the time to warn against absenteeism, thus mandating his Chief of Human Resource to be more robust in monitoring the attendance of LNP employees. “Cut the salary of anyone that will abandon his/her job for no justifiable reason,” Col. Massaquoi instructed.
At the same time, he lauded officers for their sacrificial services they continue to render to the people of Liberia through difficult times and circumstances.
He said despite the ups and downs being faced by the police, he was thankful that the police as an institution has been able to meet its statutory mandate by protecting lives and properties.
“You have done exceptionally well in these difficult times, I am proud of you as well as the President of Liberia , and we do hereby assure you that our administration will give you all of the support you need to work”, he asserted.
He admonished supervisors to be more vigilant in their oversight role, stressing that supervisors will be accountable for the actions and inactions of their subordinates.
“We will take drastic measures against any supervisor who will not exercise due diligent in the execution of his/her duty,” Col. Massaquoi warned.
On the issue of capacity building for officers, the Police IG said he is satisfied with the number of trainings being offered to the police by the Government of Liberia and its foreign partners.
He cautioned the officers to take advantage of the trainings, which are intended to build their capacity in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
Officers of the LNP are currently benefiting from several training opportunities across Africa, Asia, and the United States of America.
He told the men that the Government of Liberia was supporting the process of the UNMIL drawdown, which he said is taking place in three phases. Phases one and two ran from October 2012 to June 2014, while phrase three is expected to commence July 1, 2014 with a completion date of 2015.
He concluded by calling on Liberians to see the police force as their own as they prepare to take over from UNMIL, adding that the LNP is fully prepared to provide security to the people of the Liberia.