Capacity-building in any institution or organization is very vital to its efficiency and effectiveness. Such progressive attributes propel the institution or organization tremendous growth and development.
Perhaps, it was in consonance with such concept of growth and development that the authorities of the elite Executive Protection Service or ESP thought to embark on a number of capacity-building programs for officers and agents of the service. Just last weekend, the administration of the Executive Protection Service graduated 50 of its agents trained in Nigeria’s counter-terrorism program.
“Looking at our past as SSS, we want to say no to some of the things that we used to do,” EPS Director Othello Warrick told his audience in the C.C. Dennis Hall at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia during the graduation ceremony of the 50 agents, assuring that the EPS administration intends to transform the institution, formerly the Special Security Service or SSS, to a more disciplined and professional institution.
In an effort to enhance such disciple and professionalism, Warrick reiterated previous warning that the elite Presidential Force will not hesitate or relent in instituting stern actions, in terms of termination or suspension against Special agents and officers who contravene the norm/code of conduct of the Executive Protective Service, adding that since the EPS was transitioned from the SSS, there is a success story, with reference to the performance of its officers and agents. While Warrick’s assurance to the Liberian people that the EPS will always abide by the laws of Liberia, the institution is yet to be placed at the center of public criticism as compare to other security apparatus in recent times.
As we commend Chief Executive Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Director and administration of the Service for such transformation, the most favorable conditions must continue to be created for officers and agents in making the EPS a more discipline and professional presidential elite guards. Even though officers and agents are currently motivated efficiently effectively and execute their duties within and around the Liberian presidency, such encouragement must be continuous.