Some retired police officers in Voinjama, Lofa County are appealing to government to establish additional sub-stations for police in the county. They said their appeal is as a result of increased criminal activities citizens continue to experience, especially in Voinjama.
“The high criminal activity in the county has put fear in community dwellers,” said Col. .Steven W. Bankailo, one of the retired police officers. According to the Liberia Broadcasting System, a former county commander, Col. Bankailo and his colleagues have held series of meetings with locals, discussing the wave of crimes in the county and how it could be minimized.
Residents of Voinjama are said to be supportive of the call for additional sub-stations for the police, pledging to cooperate and financially contribute in whatever way necessary to have it achieved.
Ex-police officer Bankailo said as part of community watch exercise, they citizens organized themselves into watch teams and conduct nightly patrols to keep their areas safe from criminals.
He said several new communities have been established in Voinjama, but they are distance away from police stations, so there is need for government the respond to their appeal.
He said if government could establish at least three or more sub-police stations in Voinjama, it will definitely help to reduce the crime rate, stressing that on the construction of more police depots, citizens are willing to provide local materials to help with the process.
By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne