“ Be A Positive Role Model” U.S. Official Urges First ERU Female Graduating Class
The Liberia National Police Training Academy has inducted sixteen female officers into the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) after the completion of a month-long tactical training at the National Police Training Academy in the City of Paynesville. The graduation represents the first all-female class at the NPTA.
Speaking to the Graduating Class, the Director of the International Narcotics, and Law Enforcement (INL) Section at the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia, Bisola Ojikutu reminded the graduates of their responsibilities to prevent and stop violence, and actively preserve the peace of the country, stressing that they now possess the requisite capabilities and their enlistment into the ERU provides an additional line of defense.
She encouraged the female officers to engage with the community, indicating that engaging the communities further strengthens the trust and cooperation between the LNP and citizens of Liberia.
“As an ERU officer, you will serve as a positive role model for other women in the LNP to strive for challenging assignments; you are showing other women in the LNP that they can become ERU officers too”. The INL Chief said.
The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement official added that the United States Government was pleased to have provided support for the specialized training, and will continue to support the LNP as it achieves its goal of being responsive and a professional organization that keeps Liberians safe.
Commenting on the LNP performance during the first round of elections, the U.S Diplomat said she was impressed by the positive role played by the police and urged the police to continue such professionalism in the pending runoff elections.
She maintained that the country is on the verge of setting a good example for its neighbors with the holding of credible elections followed by a smooth and democratic transfer of power.
At the same time, the U.S. Diplomat has congratulated the Inspector General of Police Gregory Coleman for his dedication to making the LNP one of the best police forces in Africa and for his commitment to creating equal opportunity for members of the LNP.