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Female Law Enforcers End Retreat in Gbarnga

By Abel R. Okai, Bong County

 

The Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association (LIFLEA), in collaboration with UN Women, has ended a two-day national retreat for sixty female security officers in Gbarnga Bong County under the theme “Enhancing a Vibrant Female Security Network”. The retreat was conducted on May 5-6 2017, at the Development Education Network Liberia (DEN-L) Compound on the Dementa Road in Gbarnga.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, LIFLEA’s National Coordinator,Atty. Asatu Bah-Kenneth, said the objective of the national retreat is to develop the strategic plan for the organization and review the amended constitution.

Atty. Bah-Kenneth disclosed that LIFLEA has provided several training programs for its members but the just ended retreat will help give the opportunity to its members to fully participate in the decision making process of the female security network.

She urged security officers, most especially females, to prepare themselves in giving account and taking their responsibilities in the discharge of their duties.

Atty. Bah-Kenneth pointed out that in the past, the security sector was perceived as a dump site all because most of the security officers especially females were not given the opportunity to hold top management positions and were used as filing clerks, radio operators, desk officers; but not withstanding because of LIFLEA and other international organizations’ intervention women with the requisite qualifications are now seen in top management positions in the security sector.

For her part, UN Women representative,Madam Ghoma Karloweah, pledged her organization’s support to the Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association highlighting continuous support to the process in Liberia.

Madam Karloweah said LIFLEA has been one of the easier means in which UN Women has been helping female security in Liberia.

She disclosed that her organization is planning computer training for LIFLEA in other to build the capacity of its members.

Also speaking, the joint security representative Col. Alfonso V. Kromah said law enforcement requires collaboration and coordination if the force needs to build confidence in itself.

Participants for the retreat were  drawn from the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), and the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS), among others, from Grand Bassa, Margibi, Nimba, Bong, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Montserrado counties.

The Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association was established in -2001 to advocate for female security officers in catering to the security welfare of the Republic of Liberia.