The Coalition of Youth and Students to Enhance Peace and Democracy in Liberia, a pro-democracy group, has commended the Liberia National Police (LNP) for relentlessly carrying on the fight against the high rate of criminal activities in the country including armed robbery, drugs abuse, rape cases, among others. The group also lauded the LNP leadership's efforts to revamp and revitalize the institution.
The group, in a press release, said few months ago there were criticisms against the current Police Director, Col. Chris Massaquoi, on the issue of armed robbery and burglary in our country. “On Saturday, December 15, 2012, the President of the Republic of Liberia Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her wisdom commended UNMIL for providing capacity building for the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Justice over the year. She also hailed the Liberia National Police for the maximum reduction of the crime rate in the country while urging the LNP to remain vigilant,”
“According to the release, the Director of Police under the leadership of Director Chris Massaquoi has been able to minimize crime rate across the country, as evidenced by the President's statement made on Saturday December 15, 2012, during the Annual General Assembly of the Liberia National Police at the National Headquarters of the Liberia National Police,” the release said.
The group then called on the Government of Liberia, especially the National Legislature, to give more budgetary support to the Liberia National Police, so that the issue of the armed, robbery burglary and other crimes will minimize drastically.
“The leadership of Hon. Massaquoi as Director of Police is the best as compared to other administrators. Hon. Chris Massaquoi's administration has accomplished a lot in improving Liberia in terms of the percentage of crime rate across the country. He managed to restore night patrols, he strengthened the Professional Standard Division (PSD) to curb police misconducts which is now very effective, and has been able to improve Police community relationship.”