Grand Kru County Attorney Calls for boost in the Security system ahead of the 2017 Elections
By James Myking Suah

Grand Kru County - Grand Kru County Attorney Daniel T. Kay Dweh is appealing to the Liberian Government through the responsible Agency to deploy more Police Officers in the County ahead of the Presidential and Representatives Elections in October 2017. According to the county Joint Security Chairperson, the lack of adequate Police officers within Grand Kru is undermining the Criminal Justice System in the county.

He made the disclosure recently on the Voice of Grand Kru sister program Good Morning Grand Kru. The County population since 2008 census is about 57,000 inhabitants that have less than fourteen police officers.

Attorney Dweh stated that even in some of the county’s Administrative districts there are no assigned Police officers. He said out of the eight districts in Grand Kru County, only has three police officers, something he described as a slap in the face of the Criminal Justice system of Grand Kru County.

The County Attorney noted that the situation is leaving citizens of the county to live in fear, and has led to the increased crime activities including Rape, Kidnapping, Murder among others.

Attorney Dweh also disclosed that the huge security gap in the county has on many occasions hampered the arrest of criminals and their furtherance to court for prosecution. Attorney Dweh is also calling on the central government of Liberia to provide mobility and logistics for security personnel, most especially the Liberian National Police and the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency to enable them to effectively perform their national duties.

Attorney Dweh further stated that the lack of adequate Police Officers and logistics has made the county detachment vulnerable, as there is no vehicle for the few police officers to combat crimes within the county. He underscored that the police are the first contact within the criminal Justice system and that they should be provided all necessary logistics to protect lives and properties across the country.

In a related development, Attorney Dweh has promised to close down some of the mining camps in Grand Kru County due to the illegal activities taking place in most of the camps. He maintained that the rights given to the miners by government of Liberia do not give them the audacity to commit crimes against the state.

Meanwhile, Liberia’s Police Inspector General Col. Gregory Coleman during his nationwide tour in Grand Kru recently, promised to improve the police presence and provide one vehicle to be used by the LNP authorities in Grand Kru County. Col. Coleman speaking at the Barclayville City hall lauded the efforts of the community watch forum for collaborating with their respective communities and the LNP in combating crimes in Grand Kru. The Police Inspector General Urged community members to work along with the police officers assigned in the county.

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