Liberian Police Goes Tough On Crimes

In an effort to curtail rising wave of incendiary attacks against unsuspecting people including the throwing of petrol bombs, Liberia National Police (LNP) has embarked on new tough security and safety measures. Addressing a crowded news conference in Monrovia yesterday, police spokesman George Pardue said henceforth, nobody would be allowed to sell petroleum products along the principal streets. He further disclosed that no unlicensed vehicles would be allowed to ply the streets. According to him, officers of the LNP would conduct random “breathalyzer testing” to prevent incidents of drunk driving. “Spot checkpoints would also be erected throughout the Country and vehicles including motorcycles as well as individuals would be thoroughly searched as of midnight to 6:00 a.m.” Mr. Bardue noted. “Officers at theses checkpoints would also request for driver's license, and vehicle registration documents, vehicle bearing Republic of Liberia (RL) plates are no exception,” Mr. Bardue told the news conference. Bardue further disclosed that people who would be in the possession of harmful weapons, including firearms, cutlasses and knives would be subject to arrest. “Anyone found in possession of these or any other items deemed to be dangerous by the police may be subject to arrest. This, provision applies to cutlasses, knives, and other sharp instruments between 7:00 Pm to 6:pm.,” Mr. Bardue stressed. “No unauthorized vechicle would be allowed to use police emergency lights or sirens. Officers are authorized to dismantle such equipment on sight.” Commenting on vehicles and traffic law, Mr. Bardue said the law would be strictly enforced with focus on the following, “The presence of persons outside of the vehicles; erratic driving and speeding by campaign convoys or any other convoy not conveying the President of the Republic of Liberia, Vice President, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House, President Pro-Tempore and authorized emergency vehicles. Only one passage would be allowed on a motorcycle and five passengers allowed in vehicles,” Mr. Bardue indicated. The latest security measures by the police comes in the wake of increasing violent attacks against candidates and other politicians in the 2011 general and presidential elections as well as other criminal activities.