Liberia

UNMIL renovates and turns over Police station to Liberia National Police

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(Monrovia, Liberia) - The United Nations Mission in Liberia's Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Operations Steinar B. Bjornsson, and National Transitional Government of Liberia's (NTGL) Justice Minister Kabineh Ja'neh today commissioned a newly renovated Zone Five Depot Four Police Station -- funded by UNMIL's Quick Impact Projects -- in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, Mr. Bjornsson said the newly renovated Police Station will be used by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and UNMIL International Police Service (IPS) to continue to guarantee the public safety of Monrovia.

"Today, we are very happy to officially hand this building over to the Liberian National Police. Please put it to good use. It is envisioned that this complex will be used by many of the newly-trained recruits of the LNP, as they graduate from the Police Academy," Mr. Bjornsson pointed out.

The UNMIL Deputy Special Representative for Operations challenged the LNP leadership to provide the necessary support to their officers to guarantee effective performance in their service to the community and citizens of Liberia. "I am sure that the LNP and UNMIL will continue along this same cooperative and productive path in restoring public safety and the rule of law to all Liberia," Mr. Bjornsson said.

Representing the NTGL at the commissioning ceremony, Justice Minister Kabineh Ja'neh said, "If we must have peace and economic prosperity in Liberia, and be respected by other nations in the world, the foundation for that is the rule of law. The police, as part of the law enforcement agency in Liberia, are critical in ensuring that the people of Liberia are inspired by the application of the laws." The police are under obligation to assist the Liberian people in understanding their rights under law which is crucial in establishing the rule of law in Liberia, the Minister said. He then expressed gratitude for the police station and called for the proper use of the facilities.

This newly renovated police station was funded by UNMIL's Quick Impact Project valued at US$14,927.00. In March 2004, angry mobs attacked, looted and completely vandalized the facility and burnt two vehicles in protest against the release of a suspected criminal on orders of a Liberian court. The renovation project was conceived through the efforts of the International Police Service's Donor Aid Coordinating Team, in collaboration with the LNP. Including this police station, UNMIL has so far renovated two Monrovia police stations through its Quick Impact Projects.