Addressing a press on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Col. Patrick Sudue, said the four officers comprise of three males and one female, who were chosen to form part of the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS). He stated that out of the 100 officers trained for UN Missions, 34 officers comprising 31 males and three Females were certified by the UN Peace Keeping Department after successfully completing the United Nations Required Test conducted by Successful Selection Assistance & Assessment Team (SAAT). Col. Sudue furthered that 100 officers were vetted and trained by the LNP Peace Keeping Desk with oversight from the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia.
He said the LNP leadership under him has made a landmark achievement for the selection of four officers to form part of the peacekeeping mission in Sudan. "In my quest to have officers of the Liberia National Police serve in peacekeeping missions, I was invited New York in December, 2018. By then, Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations was D. Maxwell Kemayah who is now Foreign Minister,” IG Sudue noted. He said during the meeting afforded, he was given the opportunity to meet with the Deputy Police Adviser and Officer in Charge of the UNPOL, Shaowen Yang, where modalities including the LNP Peace Keeping Mission were highlighted with a commitment made of including Liberia on UN Peace Keeping mission.
In addition to that, he said in May of 2019, upon his return from New York, LNP for the first time in the history of Liberia established the LNPs Peace Keeping Desk headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kalemo D. Karyo, a trained and professional police trainer. The police chief indicated that the mission is expected to last for a year after which a new batch of officers may be dispatched to Southern Sudan based on the prevailing security situation. More to that, LNP administration is engaging United Nations Peace Keeping Department through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensuring that the 30 certified officers take assignments at available missions of the United Nations.
Col. Sudue indicated that the selection to participate in this mission in Southern Sudan signals the confidence and trust that the United Nations has in the integrity and performance of the Liberia National Police, especially under my administration. "I am very pleased to also inform you that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has also granted us the opportunity of committing 140 Formed Police Officers to participate in ECOWAS Standby Force," he said. He assured Liberians of more efforts under his administration, which are underway in professionalizing and building the capacities of officers of the Liberia National Police in performing its statutory duties and responsibilities of protecting life and property.