Private firm Security Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL) has made a cash donation of L$150,000.00 dollars to the Liberia National Police (LNP) for onward use by the Police Community Watch Team here.
Receiving the donation Thursday, 24 May at the Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill, Deputy Police Inspector General for Operations Col. Robert Buddy thanked SEGAL Chief Executive Officer Momo T. Cyrus for fulfilling a pledge made recently.
Col. Buddy says crime control has been the number one problem in Liberia, and the cash donation will go a long way in building the capacity of the Community Watch Forum.
He says the money is not intended to be used by the LNP, but solely by the Community Watch Forum which serves as eye for the LNP at places the police force is not present.
Earlier making the donation, SEGAL Chief Executive Officer Momo T. Cyrus said the initial cash donation of L$150,000.00 is a minimum contribution geared towards helping the Community Watch Team to reduce their response time.
Mr. Cyrus expresses hope for a public – private partnership … for collaboration between the LNP and the private security sector here. He says SEGAL did not make the donation to show its financial might, but it has realized that community policing is key to all.
He concludes that SEGAL is available financially, professionally and in collaborating efforts to help the police to ensure that the communities are peaceful. Community Watch Forum Chairman Mr. I. Nyanti Kafi thanks SEGAL for the contribution, saying it shows that the private security firm SEGAL wants to include the watch forum in a partnership with the police.
He also thanked the police authorities for inviting the Watch Forum at the donation, saying it is the first time for a donor to give money to the police and those from the Watch Forum are invited.
By Winston W. Parley