The Liberia National Police (LNP) officially launches its website to enable the public access information about the police. The launch was held at the National Police Headquarters on Tuesday, 28 November in Monrovia. According to the LNP, the website will enable both the public and police officers to access information about the institution via mobile phones.
Police spokesman Sam Collins says the application (APP.) may also be used to report police officers involved in misconduct as well as hail officers that uphold professional standards. Project Lead, Mr. Thomas Doe Nah from Carter Center says the Center thought it expedient to set up a functioning website for the LNP that will not only connect the public, but also officers to officers.
He says location doesn’t matter, once there is access to internet connectivity, a person may bring the Police to light. Mr. Nah explains that once you log in to “LNP.gov.lr” you will access the website of the LNP with so many options to follow, adding that with the Facebook page of the LNP and the Website, you can get to know the daily activities of the LNP.
He commends Carter Center for making the progress possible, and assures that they remain committed to ensuring that accountability and trust are the hallmarks of the LNP. Mr. Nah cautions the Press and Public Affairs office of the LNP to be proactive in handling the website with regular updates.
Police Inspector General Col. Gregory O.W. Coleman, who launched the website and other applications, says as the LNP continues its quest to enhancing delivery of services to the public, accountability remains very paramount. IG Coleman continues that the lack of trust and confidence in law enforcement agencies has led to lot of ills. “It has become a contributing factor to the issue of mob violence and other forms of disrespecting the rule of law”, he notes.
He calls on the public to use the APP very wisely and appropriate, urging the public to put the system to test and make best use of it. The police chief promises to update the website with relevant information that are not yet available or up to date, but calls on the public to report feedback to help improve the system.
Col. Coleman thanks the Carter Center and RoviaGate Technology for making the LNP website and other applications possible.
By Samuel P. Kamara-Editing by Jonathan Browne