National Security Council Secretariat launches three day training on early warning and information sharing mechanisms for its new regional officers
On 20 September, UNMIL and UNDP supported the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) to launch a three day training on early warning and information sharing at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Representatives from Ministry of Internal Affairs, Liberia National Police, the US-funded project Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia program (MLDL), UNMIL and civil society groups, including the Liberia Law Enforcement Association, attended the event. At his opening remarks, the National Security Sector Reform Coordinator, Mr. Samuel Dakana, thanked UN for all its support. He noted that the training aims to build the capacity and prepare six (6) police officers (two females) seconded by the Liberia National Police to the NSC Secretariat to work in the newly established NSCS Regional Offices. Five (5) of them will be assigned to serve in Bomi, Grand Bassa, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Maryland, and one (1) will work with the central NSC office in Monrovia. The NSC Regional Programme Officers will work closely with the Superintendents to monitor three counties within a specific region. Comment: The secondment and training of these officers will be followed by the launching and formal establishment of regional offices next week. UNMIL Security Sector Reform Representatives Michael Page and Germana Dalberto noted that this programme is being funded by GOL/UNMIL/UNDP Joint Programme with the objective to enhance the early warning and information sharing mechanisms of the County and District Security Councils in Liberia during the elections.