Liberian Police Force Urged To Be Peacemakers Than Peace-Enforcers

Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police
Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police

The Chairperson of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), Cllr. Gladys Johnson, is calling on officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to be more of peace makers than peace enforcers. She says this would require policemen to refrain from jailing citizens often for minor offenses that require warning.

Johnson, a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, explained that police officers should at times make peace between conflicting parties because it is their responsibility to ensure peace and order in society.

She made the statement Monday at a National Symposium on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists held under the theme “Breaking the Culture of Impunity; creating a safe climate for journalists in Liberia” in Monrovia.

“Police officers should learn to make peace and not always lock people up for cases that could be resolved among the parties, if Liberia should be a society that respects the dignity of human beings,” she stressed.

Chairperson Johnson said Liberia will become a better society if police officers and citizens work closely together to resolve conflicts among the people to maintain peace.

The National Symposium was organized by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building. More than 50 journalists attended the symposium.


Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/

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