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Pres. Sirleaf Wants Police, Community Relations Reactivated

25 October 2015, 6:55 pm Written by 
Published in LINA Bulletin
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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called for the reactivation of the Police Community Outreach Program to inform residents of the importance of community-police collaboration.

She said the outreach program is necessary because it will be used to educate citizens on their responsibility to the police, community members and what the police expect of the community in return.

President Sirleaf made the call Saturday at a joint graduation program of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Class 43 and Class One of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) held at the Liberia National Police Training Academy in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.

She encouraged community residents to emulate the example of citizens outside Liberia by assisting the police financially or morally as they try to provide security in their communities.

According to the Liberian leader, it is important for both the community and the police to partner in the fight against crime, and called for more support for the
Community Watch Forum.

Earlier, the Inspector General of the police, Chris Massaquoi, commended the Liberian leader and development partners for their assistance to the LNP over the years.

He said the graduation of the police is part of efforts to fast-track the achievement of the benchmark of 8,000 police by 2016 prior to the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and to ensure that other national security entities have trained operatives to render assistance to the LNP if and when required.
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