Liberia’s Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Frank Musah Dean, Jr. notes that Liberia took several concrete steps aimed at revitalizing its national security architecture after the civil crisis, leading to the restoration of democratic governance, which anchored in the rule of law.
He says one of such measures involved restructuring the various security agencies both at national and regional levels to make them more effective and responsive to the needs of the Liberian people.
Cllr. Dean, who is the first Justice Minister since the Weah administration assumed office about a year ago, spoke Friday at a one day forum for the re-establishment of the Policy Management Board of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) held at a local hotel in Monrovia.
He says in order to achieve these objectives, amendments were made to the laws creating the various security agencies notably, the LNP and the LIS.
He notes that among other things, these amendments are aimed at ensuring a professional Police force and Immigration Service through adherence to the principles of meritocracy, creating non-political and career –oriented institutions with adequate recruitment, considering gender representation, including establishment of hierarchical ranking, equitable recruitment and promotional criteria, respectively.
The Attorney General adds that such standards will ultimately enhance better cooperation among security institutions, the communities and the people they serve.
Cllr. Dean assures that it will also provide effective oversight of these institutions and improve their management by providing greater transparency, accountability, and respect for the rule of law and human rights, while prioritizing geographical and ethnic balances.
–Editing by Jonathan Browne