A project valued over US$3 million has been launched between the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Swedish Police. The launch of the project took place over the weekend in the City of Brewerville outside Monrovia. The new cooperation is named the Swedish and Liberian Police Cooperation Project.
It is an initiative undertaken by Swedish Government through its Embassy near Monrovia. Police sub-stations to benefit from the project include Zone 6 in Brewerville, Zone 8 in Paynesville, and Zone 10 in Doe Community on the Bushrod Island.
According to Swedish Ambassador Lena Nordstrom, the cooperation is in line with her government’s development cooperation strategy with Liberia for 2016-2020 amounting to US$158 million.
- Speaking when she handed over a letter of intent by the Swedish Development International Agency, Ambassador Nordstrom noted that the strategy is focused on three areas – basic crime investigation, crime scene investigation with specific focus on crimes related to sexual and gender base violence. “The Letter of Intent is aimed at supporting the Liberian National Police in Brewerville and the other two communities,” Ambassador Nordstorm mentioned.
The Swedish Envoy said the new cooperation will take interest in human security, poor growth, and democracy, gender equality and greater respect for human rights. With such Cooperation, Nordstorm believes the collaboration between the Police and the prosecution service can become more strengthen and effective.
In response Police Inspector General, Col. Gregory Coleman, thanked the Swedish Government for the permanent bilateral tie that subsist between Sweden and Liberia. “Madam Ambassador you have contributed immensely, not only to the security sector, but in other areas of development which continues to tremendously help Liberia in achieving its developmental agenda,” Col. Coleman said.
He assured the Swedish government through its Embassy in Liberia that the Police under his watch will ensure the implementation of the new Police cooperation. The Police Chief expressed delight that the cooperation will assist Police investigators to gather evidence and facts from crime scenes, which he named as a vital tool for prosecution.