Monrovia – Deputy Inspector General for Operations Abraham Kromah has told a gathering of young citizens that Liberia can be crime free if all Liberians organized themselves in various groups to buttress the police’s efforts in curbing crimes in the country.
Kromah said the Liberia National Police alone could not successfully combat crimes in post conflict Liberia. He cautioned citizens to join the fight against crimes in Liberia to provide a crime free society as it was before the 14 years conflict.
He claimed that people committing crimes in Liberia are not foreigners, but Liberians who live in various communities. Making remarks Monday in Paynesville at an awareness program on illicit drugs, armed violence and social cohesion organized by the Youth Crime Watch of Liberia, Col. Kromah challenged everyone to report crimes in their various communities.
“With the assistance from community dwellers in reporting crimes to the police, the LNP was able to combat crimes across the country. The act of hiding wicked and heartless people will only make the fight difficult for the police,” he said.
He attributed success that led to making the infamous “Turtle Base” in the commercial district of Red-Light, crime free to efforts from residents of the area. “It was the surrounding communities that took the complaint to the Liberia National Police that they were living in total fear and the police was able to move in quickly to rescue the situation,” he added.
He called on other communities with the same problems to follow the foot step of the Turtle Base communities dwellers to make the communities safe to enable the future leaders to live freely again.
Col. Kromah lauded Youth Crime Watch of Liberia for their level of engagements in various communities in Liberia, and committee the LNP to fully working with the organization in promoting peace and stability in Liberia.
For his part, Zuo Taylor, Executive Director of Youth Crime Watch of Liberia, (YCWL) joined the Deputy Inspector General to call on other Liberians to be their own security.
He warned that with the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), all citizens should take full ownership of community security by shouldering the responsibility of combating crimes in the country.
The YCWL’s Executive Director addressing several hundreds of citizens in Paynesville said a crime free society is where crimes are reported.
He praised the United Nations Peace Building Fund, the UNDP and the Peace Building Office (PBO) for the level of supports they are receiving in the implementation of various peace and security projects.
The launched of the “Awareness on Illicit Drugs, Armed Violence and Social Cohesion” brought together several hundreds of citizens from selected communities in Paynesville including students from the McDaniel Faith Academy, Billi-Call Christian Academy amongst, many others.