By: Anthony Q. Jiffan, Jr.
A national security expert, Momo Cyrus, frowns on behavior of the Liberia National Police, terming it as frustrating. He noted that the manner and form in which some police officers compose themselves while exercising their respective duties is unprofessional.
The Segal Boss observed what he calls poor approach to the public and or deportment on the part of some police officers in their operations, including visible corruption and unprofessionalism, something he noted is troubling for the security of the state.
Addressing issue, Mr. Cyrus recommended adequate training for police officers across the Country, if the service should regain its lost image. He pointed out, however, that are some good and professional officers in the LNP but noted that more needs to be done to help promote the good image of the LNP, especially in the area of training.
Hear Mr. Cyrus: “Let the professional standard division of the LNP do a proper performance as well as assessment of personnel of the LNP, and see the need to retrain the bad ones if deemed necessary.”
He said poor training characterized by constant harassment of the people on the part of some police officers is posing serious embarrassment to the state, and needs to be address urgently.
Mr. Cyrus stressed the need for a collaborative government-private sector government security relationship initiative for the betterment of the Country’s security sector.
He emphasized that incorporating private security operatives and individuals into the overall security operations of the country is cardinal to security of the nation, and should be recognized and supported by national government.
Mr. Momo said private security contributes 25% to the Country’s employment drive. As such, private security firms need to be seen as a bigger partner and should be encouraged to do more for the nation.
He at the same time praised President George Manneh Weah for his stance in calling for stakeholders’ dialogue to help address some of the pressing issues of national concern confronting the nation’s economy and its growth process.
Nevertheless, he urged the Pro-poor government to also see national conferences as key to said restoring national problems because such conferences will bring together Liberians from across the fifteen political subdivisions of this Country to come on a round table to discuss issues of their nation and find an amicable solutions in collectively addressing them.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Mr. Cyrus called on Liberians despite their political backgrounds to come together to help jealously protect the peace of the nation.
On the other hand, the SEGAL boss appealed to the justice system to take seriously, justice related issues in a timely fashion in order to reduce crimes and to help build trust and confidence in the people.