Bong Citizens Honor LNP Inspector General As Community Policing Takes Center Stage Under IG Sudue’s Leadership
Citizens of Bong County have decorated with immense honor the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, Col. Patrick T. Sudue for his invaluable services in ensuring the protection of lives and properties since taking over as head of the Liberia National Police.
The ceremony which formed part of activities marking the official Community Policing Engagement of IG Sudue on September 6, 2018 brought together chiefs, elders, marketers, youths, members of the business community, and officials of Bong County leadership.
At an indoor program organized by the Community Policing Section of the Liberia National Police in collaboration with citizens of Boifen District, Police Chief, Col. Patrick Sudue was gowned by Mrs. Martha Zarkpah, Chair-person of the marketing Association on behalf of the people of the District. She stressed the need for citizens to befriend the Police and for the Police to also respect its citizens. She further called for the protection of marketers in Dean’s Town, as they get up very early in the morning to bring their goods to the market.
Other speakers including: Emmanuel Bono, Youth Coordinator of Bong County, Jacob Kollie, Chairman of the Community Watch Forum, Hon. Papa Kwei and Franklin D. Kwenah, Head of the Freedom of Information (FOI), Carter Center’s Access to Justice spoke of the need to improve the strength of the Police and provide them more logistics, especially motorcycles or vehicles for prompt response.
In his response, Col. Sudue thanked residents of the district for recognizing his works and choosing to honor him. He indicated that such honor has motivated him to increase his efforts in ensuring that citizens are protected and safe at the hands of marauding criminals.
In another development, IG Sudue donated One Hundred, Twenty Thousand Liberian Dollars (L$120,000.00) to members of the Joint Security of Bong County.
The LNP’s Chief made the donation when he met with members of the Bong County Joint Security at the Regional Hub in Gbanga, Bong County. At the end of the symposium, the Police Inspector General certificated officers of the LNP in different categories ranging from certificate of recognition for hard work, certificate of leadership ability amongst others.
Day two of the program was characterized by a mass Community Policing engagement in David Dean’s Town, Boiflen District, Bong County where the LNP met with hariechy of the MMG Gold Liberia Limited, including Mr. Ben W. Sayeh-Government and Community Relations manager, Rudi Janse Van Ransburg-Financial Controller and Erkon Acol- General Manager.
During the meeting, bilateral issues on how the Company and the LNP can work together to minimize criminalities in the county was discussed. Mr. Sayeh mentioned some developmental initiatives geared towards improving the presence of security by constructing a 19 bed room Police station, a medical facility, a junior high School and solar panels to be used by residents of the Town around the mining sites.
The IGP thanked the management of MMG Gold for constructing a modern Police Station and promised the management the police’s fullest support under his watch in maintaining law & order and the protection of employees and employers.
Moreover, Col. Sudue also mesmerized the audience in a lecture series on the 48 hours period for suspects to remain in Police’s custody and the importance of the writ of Habeas Corpus. The IGP also reminded the people of their civil responsibilities, and that responsibility is to report crimes or criminals to the Police for legal action. He closed the mass engagement by giving two hundred United States dollars (USD200.00) to the Community Watch Forum (CWF) to purchase flashlights and other items that are essential for their operation.
In observance of Day Three of the Mass Community Policing engagement in Totota, Bong County, the welcoming ceremony was done by a team of traditional Elders.
The overview of the program and safety tips was done by C/Supt. H. Blayon Hemmie. C/Supt. Himmie thanked the people of Totota for the warm reception received from them. He stressed the need for a collaborative effort in combating crimes.
Speaking on behalf of the CWF of Bong County, Mr. Sam Konah stated that, they do not have the training and equipment to fight the criminals who are terrorizing their environment. The Commissioner of Salala District, Hon. Daniel Tubman and Hon. Milton Varney of Sanoyea District asked the IGP to maintain constant contact with the Police in order to keep their environment safe from criminals. Hon. Tubman of Salala District recommended the construction of a Police Station on a parcel of land owned by Government. The Commissioner in collaboration with District # 6, Representative of Bong County, provided a four (4) bed room house to be used as a Police Station for the time being.
The IGP in response to the many requests and recommendations provided one (1) hundred United States dollars (USD100.00) to the Community Watch Forum (CWF) of Sanoyea District to purchase T-Shirts.
He ordered the County Commander, C/Supt. Fedrick Napay to immediately raid all criminal hideouts in the county. The Police Chief gave one (1) hundred and twenty United States dollars (USD120.00) to the Elder Council, while Representative Maima B. Mensah presented a generator to the Police to be used by the Police Station.
The Police boss lauded the efforts of the Lawmaker and promised that the generator will be used for its intended purpose. He provided One Hundred United States Dollars (USD100.00) for gasoline.
It can be recalled that since the Inspector General, Col. Patrick Sudue took over the leadership of the Liberia National Police, he promised to take the LNP to an international best practice of modern Policing, through which he has engaged several Counties with the community Policing methodology in the fight against crimes. He has led the LNP to Grand Cape Mount, Nimba, River Cess, Lofa and Bong Counties respectively. He said the LNP will reach out to other counties to make sure the issue of crime is minimized in Liberia.