United Nations Police (UNPOL) Commissioner Gregory Hinds has stated that despite logistical constraint facing the Liberia National Police (LNP), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was impressed with the performance of the LNP officers.
Commissioner Hinds spoke over the weekend when he presented a consignment of road safety equipment worth more than US$25,000 to the Liberia National Police (LNP). The donation is part of UNMIL’s drive to capacitate the police in the wake of its potential drawdown in the country.
The items which include 550 reflector cones, 300 reflector vests, 150 rechargeable flashlights and 110 traffic sign posts were presented by the United Nations Police (UNPOL) Commissioner Gregory Hinds over the weekend at a formal ceremony held at the headquarters of the LNP with senior UNPOL and LNP staff in attendance.
Presenting the equipment, UNPOL Commissioner Hinds said the presentation is part of a pilot project to assist the police in providing safety to the Liberian people especially road users.
He urged LNP authority to manage the equipment properly by putting into place measures that will lead to benefiting the larger public.
He said the Mission was impressed with the performance of the LNP in the mist of logistical constraint and admonished the police authority to remain steadfast in the provision of services to the people of Liberia.
The UNPOL Commissioner also used the occasion to reassure the Police Department of UNMIL’s continuous support and preparedness to build the capacity of the LNP in the execution of its statutory commitment to the people of Liberia.
He said with the deployment of the road traffic signs across the city and its environs; it will help to reduce the risk of road accidents in the country.
Receiving the items on behalf of Police Inspector General, Col. Clarence Massaquoi, Deputy Inspector General of Police for Administration, William K. Mulbah lauded the UNMIL and all the donating partners for the gesture, promising to handle it with high level of care to meet the needs of the Liberian people.
He said these road safety signs will be placed on major high ways and will save most of the traffic officers coming in risky contacts with reckless drivers. He indicated that the project will go a long way in enhancing the work of the police, especially as it relates to Public Safety and traffic regulations.
The LNP Deputy Boss further stressed that the safety of the Liberian people is the paramount concerned and statutory mandate of the police. He mentioned that these road signs are moveable and therefore calling on the general public not to temper with them but to help the police protect them.