The United Nations Police in Liberia or UNPOL has turned over a fully equipped Call Center to the Liberia National Police, under its Quick Impact Project.
A press release from the Liberia National Police says the dedicatory ceremony for the National Operation Center took place Tuesday, 28 October at the National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.
Speaking at the ceremony, UNPOL Commissioner Gregory Hinds, said the project was a culmination of the realization of the need for the LNP to have a strong and effective National Operations Center, stressing that the center could serve a critical role in decision making at the highest level of the police.
The UNPOL Commissioner stressed that the National Operations Center will serve as a ‘one stop shop’ for all collected and collated information and communication regarding the LNP Operations countrywide.
He said the center will place special emphasis on the 990,911 and 9955 emergency lines response in order to foster public confidence in the LNP, and to ensure timely response to scenes of crime and other emergencies.
The project, which is estimated $22,903.00, include the provision of three Desktop Computers, 13 Handheld Radios, 2 Office Desks, 1 Printer, Upgrading of Inventor Standby power and other requisites as well as training for 30 LNP officers.
Commission Hinds cautioned the police leadership to guard the infrastructure jealously in order to benefit the organization in a long term. In response, Police Director Col. Clarence Massaquoi, lauded the UN Police for the project, which he said will contribute to the LNP’s decentralization drive.
Director Massaquoi said the gesture clearly demonstrates UNPOL’s willingness to enhance the capacity of the police, as the UN Mission gradually pulls out of the country. The Liberian Police Chief said with the operation of the call center, it will now afford the police the opportunity to communicate with officers deployed in other parts of the country.
Col. Massaquoi pointed out that the LNP will push for more funding in the National Budget to upkeep the center, promising that the equipment will be used for its intended purpose to benefit the Liberian people. He called on the public to make use of the center by providing needed information to the police.