The Liberia National Police (LNP) has honored and bid farewell to 29 United Nations Police (UNPOL) staffs who have served here in recognition of their unflinching contributions towards the enhancement of global peace and security.
During the event held at LNP Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Monrovia Monday, 26 March, Police Inspector General Patrick Sudue thanked the United Nation for its unflinching contributions towards the enhancement of global peace and security.
Mr. Sudue also thanked the UN for its immense contributions to the growth and development of Liberia. He recalls that on 18 August 2003, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in Accra, Ghana which brought to an end the 14 years of devastated civil unrest and ushered in a transitional political arrangement.
According to him, the arrangement led Liberia to the 2005 elections that brought former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf to power as Liberia and Africa’s first democratically elected female president.
In an effort to sustain peace and security in Liberia, Mr. Sudue says the UN established the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through its resolution 1509 (2003) with a mandate to support the reform of the security sectors in Liberia, specifically the police.
He says against that backdrop, UNMIL through its UNPOL component has made immense contribution to the reform and restructuring of the LNP through recruitments, training and human resource capacity building of officers.
He also cites the development of legal instrument, policies and other administrative documents, infrastructure development such as building and refurbishing of police stations, depots and barracks and the provision of operational equipment.
Mr. Sudue says for UNMIL to allow the LNP to take over the 2017 election demonstrated that the LNP is set to take on the country’s security.
For his part, UNPOL Commissioner Simon Bletchley says they are grateful for serving Liberia in peacekeeping and notes that the work of LNP has so far shown that the force is able to keep the peace in Liberia.
He also thanked Mr. Sudue and members of the LNP for the honor, saying though the peace keepers lost some of their men in the process, they are grateful for the work done in Liberia.
By Sally Gaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley