The Liberia National Police has reported a death casualty of 44 police officers in 2015 alone.
An Insurance Unit Annual Report for the period January 1 to December 2015 from the Insurance Record’s Officer within to the Human Resource section at the Liberia National Police to the Deputy Chief of Human Resource Superintendent O’Name N.M. Kwaidah reads, “During the period under review from January to August 2015, a total of five thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1,818) police officers, civilian employees along with their beneficiaries attended various hospitals and clinics in and around Monrovia under the Medicare Insurance policy, while thirty-two (32) deceased were reported.”
According to the statistics, 32 of the officers died between January and August this year, while another portion of the document lists 12 officers, who died between September and December.
The lists show that most of the deceased officers this year were patrol officers from various units of the LNP, and few of them held senior positions. At least nine of them listed on the deceased officers’ pages held the positions of Sergeant (Sgt), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), (Cpl) and Chief Inspector (C/Insp), respectively..
The rest of the 35 officers on the deceased lists were patrol officers from the LNP’s various units, including the elite Emergency Response Unit or ERU and the Police Support Unit or PSU.
The victims had assignments in various places including the Liberia National Police Training Academy (LNPTA), inspectorate, traffic and various zones and depots inMontserrado,Lofa, Nimba Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties.
Causes of deaths are not stated, but a long list of officers attending various hospitals for medication is shown before the listing of those that died.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne