The United Nations Police in Liberia (UNPOL) has turned over a fully equipped call center to the Liberia National Police (LNP) under UNPOL’s Quick Impact Project (QIP).
The dedication of the call center, named the National Operation Center, took place yesterday at the LNP headquarters on Capitol Hill.
Speaking at the turning over ceremony, UNPOL Commissioner Gregory Hinds said the project was a result of the realization that the LNP needs a strong and effective National Operations Center (NOC) that would play a critical role in decision making at the highest level of the LNP.
The UNPOL Commissioner stressed that the National Operations Center will serve as a ‘one stop shop’ for all collected and organized information and communication regarding the LNP operations countrywide. He said activities of the center will place special emphasis on the 990, 911 and 9955 emergency response lines in order to foster public confidence in the LNP and to ensure timely response to crime scenes and other emergencies.
The QIP, valued at US$22,903, includes three desktop computers, 13 handheld radios, two office desks, one printer and other requisite supplies and comes with training for 30 LNP officers.
Commissioner Hinds cautioned the police leadership to guard the facility jealously it will be of long term benefit to the LNP.
In response, LNP Director, Col. Clarence Massaquoi thanked the UN Police for the project indicating that it will contribute to the LNP’s decentralization drive.
Director Massaquoi said the QIP donated clearly demonstrates UNPOL’s willingness to enhance the capacity of the LNP, as the UN Mission gradually pulls out of the country.
The Liberian police chief said the call center will now afford the police the opportunity to communicate with its officers deployed in others parts of the country.
He said the LNP will push for more funding in the National Budget to maintain the center, promising that the equipment will be used for their intended purposes to benefit the Liberian people.
He called on the public to make use of the center by providing needed information to the police for the benefit of the citizens.