UNDP, Swedish Government, Partners Donate Uniforms to LNP
The Liberia National Police has received over US$40,000 worth of uniforms from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with its donor partners including, IRISH Aid and the Swedish Embassy.
Speaking at the turning over ceremony on August 13, 2018, a representative of the Swedish embassy, Charles Lawrence described the uniform as more than attires and a symbol. He said when a police officer puts on the uniform, he /she is no longer just a citizen of the nation but part of a larger entity set to uphold the nation’s laws and protect its citizen.
He used the occasion to on behalf of the Swedish government applaud the great works of the Liberia National Police in the fight against crime. “The Government of Sweden recognizes the great efforts of the Liberia National Police in the fight against crime,” Mr. Lawrence noted.
Also speaking, the UNDP Country Director, Dr. Kamil Kamaludden said the donation is one of several assistance his institution has contributed to the rule of law sector. He further noted that Police uniform is a national symbol of a country and it helps to distinguish an officer from a civilian. He further said that uniform help LNP officers get the necessary courtesy from the public.
Receiving the donation, Police Inspector General, Col. Patrick Toe Sudue expressed gratitude to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and its collaborating partners for the donation.
Hon Sudue described the donation as timely and in the right direction. He added that during his confirmation hearing at the House of Parliament earlier this year, the issue of uniform was highlighted as one of the numerous problems faced by the Liberia National Police.
He added that though the over 100 uniforms are inadequate to dress the entire Police force, it was important to appreciate the donors for their uniform intervention.
The Police Inspector General further encouraged other friendly nations and philanthropists to emulate the good examples of UNDP and its collaborating partners.