The United Nations Police (UNPOL) has pledged to continuously support the Government of Liberia, especially the Liberia National Police (LNP) to ensure that it has the capacity to uphold the rule of law and sustenance of peace, a press release has said.
At a recent meeting with LNP Inspector General at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations in New York, the Deputy Police Adviser and Officer-In-Charge of the United Nations Police (UNPOL) Shaowen Yang, assured that the officers will continue to provide needed technical and other supports to address short and long-term challenges facing the LNP.
Mr. Shaowen said UNPOL will provide the LNP with expertise when necessary, while working with the government and partners to conduct outreach activities to source funding for skills development in specialized areas.
“I can say on behalf of the Police Division of the United Nations, we will continuously support you by providing police experts, and other resources that we can possibly generate together in partnerships with UNDP and other UN Country Teams. We will work together to reach out to more donors in a bid to generate sources that will support long-term strategies for standardizing police operations, and building specialized skills that are required for criminal investigation and operation of forensic labs,” Mr. Shaowen assured.
The commitment was in response to a plea from Inspector General Patrick Sudue, who sought the support of the United Nations and International Partners in addressing challenges of transnational crimes, cyber crimes, money laundering, and human and drug trafficking. He explained that the police force was not sophisticated enough to address the challenges, and would require the support of all partners to enhance its capacity and acquire requisite equipment.
“Among other things, we would need a well equipped laboratory to ensure that we fight the high level of subversive activities taking place in cyberspace and trans-nationally,” IG Sudue said.
He used the meeting to thank the United Nations for the role it played in reforming the LNP from a “highly militarized force to a professional, and service-oriented police force” that is responding to the security needs of the people since the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia.
A dispatch from the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations quotes IG Sudue as saying that the transformation of the LNP is evidenced by the manner in which it provided security during the historic 2017 Legislative and Presidential elections, which led to the transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another.
In response, Mr. Yang welcomed Liberia’s interest in contributing police officers to United Nations Peacekeeping operations, and described it as a sign of the country’s readiness to not just be a beneficiary, but share the responsibility for ensuring global peace.
Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Kemayan, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, who proposed and arranged the meeting, hailed the United Nations role in transforming the Liberia National Police and restoring the country’s peace.