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…LNP Warns Officers
The Director of the Liberia National Police Col. Chris Massaquoi is warning officers to stay clear of political activities.
The warning comes ahead of the mid-term Special Senatorial Election slated for December 16, 2014.
Col. Massaquoi, addressing members of his Senior Staff Tuesday, November 18, 2014, said the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) of the Liberia National Police will affect any officer who will engage in political activities during and after elections.
He stressed that such involvement will undermine the neutrality of the LNP.
The LNP Boss said the police as a law enforcement institution have moral and legal obligations to provide protection for all candidates during the time of elections.
He said any police officer caught campaigning or in electoral activities will face the full weight of the Police Duty Manual.
Chapter Ten of the Police Duty Manuel states, By virtue of the membership of the Liberia National Police and in affirming commitment and independence in serving the community at large, no member of the LNP shall join or play an active role in the organization, non-official securing or holding of executive position in any political party or organization; however, he/she may freely exercise his/her right to cast vote in an official elections in Liberia.
“We are not politicians and so we are not to get involved in political activities; our actions must be in line with our responsibility as law enforcement institution”, Director Massaquoi maintained.
At the same time, the Liberia National Police is urging the public to stop carrying civil matters to the police for investigation. The Police Boss said civil matters must be handled by the court.
He encouraged police officers assigned to various Zones and Depots to be professional in their interaction with members of the public and desist from acts that have the propensity to undermine their professionalism.