BUCHANAN, Oct. 22 (LINA) – Forty-six days away from the combined December 8 Mid-term Senatorial Election and National Referendums, the Bassa Detachment of the Liberia National Police (LNP) has refreshed its personnel on the non-political involvement of the law enforcement entity.
The daylong gathering was held Wednesday on the Fairground in Buchanan where several police personnel assembled in an enthusiastic mood to prepare for the safety of all citizens and residents of the country.
Providing the overview, the Detachment Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Sarkoh J. Freeman, narrated that the behavior of LNP personnel will impact the institution depending on how officers portray themselves throughout the electoral processes.
« Given the essential and neutral role that is expected of State Security during electoral periods, the Bassa Detachment leadership saw the necessity to have the one-day « Yes To Peace, No To Violence » training for the officers with emphasis on Police non-political affiliation, » he said.
According to Commander Freeman, it is in continuation of the LNP strategies to ensure the peaceful handling of the electoral activities and assured all of the candidates, national and international observers, and the citizenry regarding the Police willingness to protect everyone equally void of biasness as required by law.
Freeman referenced international protocol for security personnel involvement with democratic processes; a provision and other national laws that forbid LNP officers and other security apparatuses from partaking in any electoral process across Liberia.
« As mandated by the Inspector General of Police, Col. Patrick Sudue, and in accordance with legal standard of professional policing,” Commander Freeman warned all law enforcement officers to avoid phoning in during political talk-shows and participating in social media debates, stating that violators will face disciplinary actions under the Police Act and International Protocol.
He specified that no member of the LNP should wear political party shirts, neither possess flyers of politicians as doing such will compromise the individual’s neutrality and integrity as well as gravely expose the institution to public denigrating views.
At the same time, the workshop coincided with an official presentation of two senior officers to the detachment.
They are Chief Superintendent Varney Gray, the Deputy Commander for Administration replacing CSP/ Augustine Snapp, while Chief Inspector James Papa Yekeku assumes the post of Commander of Criminal Services Division (CSD) replacingf CIP/ Peter Wogbe.
They both pledged commitment to duty and encouraged every officer to uphold the rule of law and also desist from acts that would subject them to public backlashing and contravention of Police ethics abd guidelines.
During the interaction, the servicemen registered their preparedness to protect lives and property as per their scope of operations prescribed for effective work.
Commander Freeman lauded his men for accepting to place the stability of Grand Bassa and Liberia on their priority agenda; admonishing them to remain dutiful despite some prevailing challenges of mobility outlined by them.
Meanwhile, before the training, the LNP Bassa detachment held separate discussions with Intellectual Forums, Community Leaders in the county and six of the eight candidates participating in the Senatorial poll and National Referendum centered on the maintenance of peace and co-existence posture amidst the political exercises.