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Police criticize recruitment policyNimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele, has stressed the need to conduct more training for police officers across the country. According to him, since some of the officers were trained in1992, they have not received additional training.

Mr. Zuagele spoke over the weekend in Saclepea, Nimba County during alocal Security Council awareness on Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia (MLDL) of KalZen. Superintendent Zuagele noted that due to lack of continue training, police officers have forgotten about ethical standards in the line of duty.

He said in order to maintain peace in post-conflict Liberia; government should conduct more training for state security officers and give them rotational assignments to strength their professional ability rather than an officer being in onepost for more than 10 years.

He also stressed the need to provide housing facilities for state security personnel. According to Superintendent Zuagele, security officers, who take up assignments in rural Liberia, lack basic needs.
He said the way to enhancing the strength state security officers is thru capacity building.
The Nimba County Superintendent said issuing arms is not the only way to strengthening the security sector. The program coordinator for Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia Thomas Q.Suah, said the objective of the citizens mass awareness is to enhance the sector thru training.

He said since the MLDL program was introduced inNimba, more training has been provided for security forces in the county. Also speaking during the occasion, an official of the citizens’ awareness on Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia, Martins J.Sopp,urged the citizens to continue to obey the rule of law in Liberia.

He said since the program went to Nimba, it has strengthened work of the security sector, including donation of motorbikes, among others. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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