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The United States Embassy in Monrovia has unveiled an e-Learning lab containing 16 desktop computers and accessories at the Liberia National Police (LNP) headquarters to expand the LNP’s training capabilities.

The donation on Wednesday morning, 21 November included desktop computers, printers, projectors, desks, chairs and doors and windows.

Making the donation, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder says the lab will expand the LNP’s training capabilities and allow the LNP to conduct training at the headquarters, an alternative to traveling to Paynesville for training [at the Police Academy].

The donation at the headquarters marks the second of such labs donated to the police by the U.S., the first being at the Liberia National Police Training Academy (LNPTA) in Paynesville.

Amb. Elder says the U.S. plans to add online courses and training modules to strengthen computer and policy skills.She applauds Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue for his effort to strengthen the LNP and for his leadership as head of the Joint Security Task Force.

“I encourage you and the Task Force leadership to continue to work together to provide security for all Liberians, to combat transnational crime [and] other threats to Liberia’s peace and security,” Amb. Elder says.

She says the LNP’s community policing programs are working, encouraging Inspector General Sudue and other security officers to continue to strengthen trust with the communities.

According to Amb. Elder, since Col. Sudue became Police Inspector General, he has incorporated “interactive dialogues” into his leadership strategy, allowing him and other officers to travel to the counties to meet with local communities, traditional chiefs and elders, youth groups and religious leaders.

She says this has also strengthened trust between the police and their communities.Receiving the donation, Col. Sudue says the gift is not just an ordinary gift but a fountain for the LNP, saying the police are very much happy and glad that Amb. Elder would recount some of the achievement of the police since he took over.

Col. Sudue says the e-Learning lab at the police headquarters is the second of its kind, the first having been dedicated at the LNPTA.We are challenged in this country – we don’t have books, we don’t have public libraries, so to have these kinds of learning facilities is a boost for officers of the Liberia National Police,” he says.

He expresses gratitude to the Government of the United States through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) for always being in the business of molding “our brains, of impacting knowledge” and ensuring that officers build their own capacity by going to the e-Learning lab and doing courses online to obtain certificates.

He assures that the lab will also be available for use by officers from the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) and Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA).For his part, Deputy Justice Minister Nyenati Tuan urges officers to make use of the lab, saying to excel, one must develop their skills.Minister Tuan encourages them to make use of the computers, especially those who lack computer skills.

By Winston W. Parley

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