The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. C. Chris Massaquoi, has warned officers against accepting bribes in order to cover up violations.
Director Massaquoi also warned the general public of giving bribes to the officers and said that they are equally guilty as the officers who take the bribes.
According to Dir. Massaquoi, this has the propensity to undermine the security of the state.
Speaking at the 42nd graduation exercise on Saturday May 17, at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, the Police boss told the graduates that the police work is not the place where one goes to get rich but to protect lives and properties.
Mr. Massaquoi stressed that he will continue to behave as a no-nonsense police director in ensuring that all officers are providing the right services to the people of Liberia and will also have special officers to arrest those that are in the hobby of accepting bribes.
The police boss, Col. Massaquoi, call on the graduates to up hold the good conduct of police and their character and desist from taking bribes while serving the people and the country. He called on the public to report misconduct of police officers with assurance of investigation into the matter.
“I want to re-emphasize that we will deal with anyone found in misconduct and bribery including the general public that are usually found giving bribe to officer,” he warned.
He told the graduates that anyone of them caught accepting bribe will be immediately dismissed from the LNP and forwarded for prosecution.
Dir. Massaquoi also used the occasion to extend thanks and appreciations to friends, relatives and family members for their support and allowing them to chose the noble profession to serve their people and the country.
At the program, the UNPOL Commission, Mr. Gregory Hinds, also urged the graduates to see the profession as a noble one to provide security for lives and properties. Officer Hinds told them that by reducing crime in the country, would earn bring them trust from the public.
He stressed the need for police officers to always be effective and efficient to move and perform the necessary service with honor and order and called on them to continue to provide the rights service to the people of Liberia as they have chosen the profession to serve their nation.
According to the Commission of Police, it is important to enhance police services to enable them protect lives and property and build the trust and commitment as well as exercise restraints in executing the order of LNP.
The Commandant for training and man power development at the National Police Training Academy (NPTA), J. Titus Kimba, urged the graduates to respect human rights as they discharge their duty.
According to Commandant Kimba, 303 people were recruited in January and February of last year to be trained, but a total of 14 were dismissed due to misconduct, and other crime including illegal possession of marijuana, cheating, academy failure, and theft of property after due process.
Giving the statistics of the graduates, Officer Kimba said, “67 of the graduates are from Lofa, 44 from Nimba, 17 from Grand Cape Mount County, 17 from Maryland, 17 from Montserrado County, 17 from Bong County, 7 from Margibi County and others with Rivercess County been the least of one person.”
The Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara M. Konneh, who gave the keynote address, said the LNP, is faced with a constraint of logistics and security but assured them of government’s commitment in trying to solve the problems.
The Minister said they would make sure that the welfare of the senior officers are well taken care of and give good salary to those assign in the rural areas as a way of motivating officers to serve their country and the people.
The Finance Minister explained that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has decided to make the security sector a priority.