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Police Inspector General Gregory O.W. Coleman has expressed confidence that the coming 2017 representatives and presidential elections will be “the most peaceful election ever held in the Republic of Liberia,” vowing that the police will do everything to keep each and every citizen safe.

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While his Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Col. Abraham Kromah, was formally taking over from Col. Prince Mulbah who has been acting for some 17 months, Col. Coleman said on Tuesday, 18 October, the Liberia National Police was against rumors here that the 2017 elections would be violent.

“There’s lot of rumors around that 2017 is going to be violent; we come against that rumor. 2017 is going to be the most peaceful election ever held in the Republic of Liberia,”I,G Coleman said Tuesday at the Liberian National Police or LNP Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

According to him, the LNP would be coordinating, collaborating and cooperating with all political parties from the beginning of the campaign up to the day the elections will be taking place. There are some 22 political parties, for now, gearing up for the 2017 elections in which dozens of opposition presidential aspirants are separately joining in a battle against Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai and his ruling Unity Party or UP.

But Col. Coleman assured that there will be police officers assigned to coordinate campaign activities, as well as to ensure that parties do not overlap during campaign activities. “We will do everything to keep each and every citizen safe. All rallies will be covered by crowd protection officers to make sure that the people of Liberia that will be attending those rallies are kept safe,” he said.

The Police Chief told journalists that the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC “revolutionary youth league” would be called in to give the LNP more information regarding its allegation contained in a letter dated October 17, alleging that some disadvantaged youth taken off of the street by police were buried.

He described the allegations as false and baseless, warning that the LNP will not tolerate reckless statements that endanger the safety of the state. At Tuesday’s ceremony, Mr. Kromah took over from Mr. Prince Mulbah who now becomes the new head of the Police Professional Standard Division or PSD.

Mr. Mulbah was appreciated by his bosses Col. Coleman and Col. Kromah for diligently and professionally steering the affairs of deputy police chief for operations while acting, and asked him to see his new assignment to head the PSD as a promotion.

Col. Kormah assured that he would work with the different units of the police, including the Emergency Response Unit or ERU and Police Support Unit or PSU to make the Liberian people to sleep better.

By Winston W. Parley

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