Swedish Gov’t Turns over Crime Lab to LNP

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In the wake of building the capacity of the Liberia National Police (LNP) ahead of the drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the government of Sweden has turned over a modern crime lab and photo studio to the Liberia National Police.

The lab and the photo studio are to be used by the LNP Crime Services Division, an LNP release said.

They will be used to lift and analyze the fingerprints of suspects from materials or weapons used in the commission of crimes.

During the dedication ceremony at the LNP headquarters, Sweden’s Ambassador to Liberia, Lena Nordström, recounted the longstanding relationship the people of Sweden have with the people of Liberia, indicating that her government was pleased to identify with the LNP especially in the wake of UNMIL’s drawdown from the country.

“It is important to be here today on my first official duty as an accredited ambassador to this country and to acquaint myself with the work the police have done in providing services to the people of Liberia, ” Ambassador Nordström stated.

The Swedish envoy admonished the police administration to use the lab for the benefit of the public, stressing that the comprehensive analysis of crime materials and the proper profiling of suspects involved in crimes will assist prosecutors in court.

She said state institutions can only be strong if the people trust in their ability to deliver services that can impact the lives of the citizens.

She challenged the administration of LNP to maintain the newly dedicated crime lab with a high level of professionalism, reminding the police administration that the money used to set up the lab came from Swedish tax payers. She said that the way LNP will handle the equipment will encourage her government to do more for them in the future.

The setting up of the crime lab was done through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

In response, the Director of police, Chris Massaquoi, lauded SIDA for the assistance rendered the police, which he said will help in professionalizing the work of the police in their handling of criminal investigations.

The LNP boss said crime scene investigation is very crucial in the work of the police and promised the LNP’s commitment to handle the equipment with a high degree of care “so as to serve the people of Liberia in the fight against crime.”

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