Several Police and Drug Officers Trained to Handle Firearms

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia National Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency have trained 54 officers in handling firearms.

According to a press release issued by the police, the training took place at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville over the course of two weeks.

“The training lasted from August 12-24, 2019 and brought together 49 police officers and 5 officers from the LDEA,” the press statement said.

Sebastian Farr, the deputy inspector general of police for Training and Manpower Development, who served as the keynote speaker at an event
celebrating the completion of the training, said firearms will be issued to officers based on their scope of operations and assignments.
Farr stressed “the LNP’s zero-tolerance on the misuse of firearms.”

The law governing police use of force states that police use of a firearm can only be lawful where it is necessary to confront an imminent threat of death, serious injury, or a grave and the proximate threat of life.

Recently, several police officers were disrobed for discharging their firearms illegally, resulting in serious bodily injuries to four persons in four separate incidents.

One of the incidents occurred in Kingsville, Montserrado on June 24, 2019, when a group of aggrieved residents staged a riot in demand of justice for the mysterious death of two children.

The Police also disrobed Joseph Abdullah for illegally discharging his firearm and killing a man identified as Mohammed Kamara in the Fish Town Community on July 4, 2019.

On June 25, 2019, the police also disrobed its chief inspector Humphrey Kahn for illegally discharging his firearm in the New Georgia area outside Monrovia while attempting to arrest a stolen motorbike suspect.

Police chief inspector Peecho F. Worjloh was also disrobed on June 30, 2019, for illegally discharging his firearm while under the influence of alcohol in the Budget Bureau community.

Featured photo courtesy of the Liberia National Police

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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