The German and Danish governments have handed over seven double cabin-pick-ups and four mini- buses to the Police Support Unit (PSU) and the Women and Children Protection Unit of the Liberian National Police in Monrovia.
German Ambassador to Liberia Dr. Bodo Schaff, told reporters that the donation of the 11 vehicles is intended to strengthen the officers’ logistical capacity because the work of security and the police are a cornerstone to the development of a country and a strong democracy.
The Deputy Inspector General for Police, Samuel F. Dakana welcomed the donation and said it was timely especially during this ongoing electoral process; But was quick to state that the LNP looks forward to seeing more donations of vehicles to enable it cover the land and breadth of the country.
“We’re talking about effective decentralization; we’re talking about regional headquarters in the five regions, of course if you talk about the five regions, we are talking about just seven vehicles.”
“We appreciate the seven vehicles. But as it relates to police work to cover the land and breadth of this country, we look forward to seeing more donations. Government has taken some initiatives, they have some money for vehicles; we’re sure we will have these vehicles,” Dakana said.
Over the weekend, at the Police Academy, the Director of Police Marc Amblard said some of the PSU officers would be armed and equipped to control violence during the election process. Amblard said those PSU officers to be armed are those who made a successful pass during their fire arm test.