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Grand Kru County Superintendent Madam Elizabeth Dempster has told the 12 traditional communities of the county to be their own security now that the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL has drawn down.

She said the security of Grand Kru should not be left along with men and women in uniform assigned in the county, but all citizens. Superintendent Dempster made the urge recently in a meeting with the Joint Security in Barclayville.

She called on the citizens to cooperate with the Joint Security in sustaining peace and security in the county. The meeting was attended by various security agencies, including the Liberian National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Liberia National Fire Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Heads of these various security apparatus complained of lack of adequate personnel, logistics and mobility to effectively execute their respective duties.

The regional commanders for the police and the Bureau of Immigration for Southeast Liberia, Col. Suo Beyan and Reginald Moore, both stressed the need for adequate support to improve security in the region. Since the cessation of hostilities in Liberia in 2003, UNMIL has been in charge of security across the country, but UN Peacekeepers in accordance with Security Council resolution formally handed over security to Liberian authorities on June 30, 2016; John Bropleh reports. 

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