Police Inspector General Storms Rivercess, Promises More Police Officers to Strengthen County’s Security
IGP Sudue, officers & River Cess County officials
For the first time since the establishment of Rivercess County in 1985, Col. Patrick Sudue, Liberia’s Inspector General of Police was warmly received by officials and residents of the county on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Cestos City, the county’s capital.
The Inspector General and entourages’ visit was part of efforts in enhancing effective community policing in line with transitioning the LNP from being a reactionary institution to a proactive institution. The visit which witnessed much appreciation from residents of the county brought together members of the Joint Security, County officials, Traditional leaders, youths, students amongst others.
Col. Sudue assured members of the Joint Security of his commitment to ensuring their well-beings. He recounted the logistical and budgetary constraints faced by the Liberia National Police and other security institutions which are impeding some operations. He added that despite these challenges, the work of protecting lives and properties and fighting abuse remains unwavering.
In a Community Policing Town hall interaction with officials and residents of the county, Col. Sudue cautioned residents of the county to eschew mob violence, mob justice, ritualistic killings and other forms of crimes and work with the Liberia National Police in fighting crimes in the county. He lauded the county’s Community Watch Forum for their efforts in helping the LNP with information to fighting crimes in the county.
In a serious tone, Col. Sudue urged citizens to desist accommodating criminals and drug dealers. He added, “We have reports that some of you are in the habit of shielding criminals and drug dealers because you are benefiting from them. Some of them are even renting from you.”
The hardworking IG cautioned county residents to everything humanly possible to discourage illegal activities in their various communities. According to him, this will greatly help in the fight against crimes.
For his part, the Superintendent of the county, Bismark Kabia applauded the Inspector General for visiting his county. He revealed that since the establishment of the county in 1985, it was the first time for an Inspector General of Police to visit his county, something he indicated was very welcoming.
He pledged his county leadership’s commitment to working with his county’s LNP detachment. He added that the security of his people is very paramount on his agenda.
Superintendent Kabia indicated that it is very appalling for a big county like Rivercess where illicit mining is on the rise to have only nineteen Police officers. It was from this perspective that he called on the LNP Inspector General to beef up the number Police Officers in the county.
Superintendent Kabia praised the county’s Police Detachment and urged Col. Sudue to support them in effectively providing security for residents of the county.