- Published on Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:03
- Written by The News
At least 250 security personnel from the Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) have graduated from a security training exercise conducted by the Public Safety Division of the Ministry of Justice. The nine-month training, according to a release, focused on basic security techniques, physical fitness and good academic output, among others.
The release said requirements for training included passing a written test, oral interview, medical and physical examinations.
Director for Public Safety at the Ministry of Justice, Col. Jackson F. Morlu said the training represents the first trained security personnel under the Government of Liberia.
Col. Morlu is quoted by the release as saying that the Ministry of Justice provided the training curriculum, experts, and supervised the training to a successful conclusion, while Sime Darby provided logistics and other support for the training.
The security personnel, according to Col. Morlu, would be issued licenses by the Liberian government for the purpose of carrying out arrests, access control, investigation, preservation of crime scenes and report writing.
The Director of Public Safety further said the training exercise also took into consideration conventional human rights issues, respect for indigenous people's rights and preservation of cultural values, among others.
“Ten senior officers were selected from among the graduates to serve as Chief of Operation for Bomi, Matambo, Lofa, Grand Cape Mount and Land Clearing Estates plus an additional senior officer who will lead the command structure of the entire security force” the release added.
The training of the officers, according to the Management of Sime Darby, is in fulfillment of its Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in countries it has its operation.
Meanwhile, the Deputy General Manager of SDPL has cautioned the new graduates to see themselves as the gateway to the image building of the company, especially in the execution of their duties and functions.
Mr. Rosli Mohamed Taib told the officers that their graduation does not guarantee their perpetual employment with the company.
He told them to treat community dwellers with respect and ensure a harmonious working relationship with the community at all times.