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.