The Police Commander of Margibi County, Sylvester Hina has outlined challenges confronting the security sector in the County that should be given more attention by authority of the County.
Mr. Hina speaking recently in the 26th gate community said the security sector in Margibi is faced with numerous challenges including the lack of vehicles, police barrack, fire truck and headquarters for the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) among others.
He said police in the 26th gate Community gate Community do not have a police station in the area as they are operating from a private facility that is expected to be taken from them in 2019.
The Police Chief Superintendent revealed that the facility is private and it does not represent a police station, as such; there is a need for a police station to be constructed in the Community though he said the structure has helped them on many occasions.
Mr. Hina added that the Community is strategically located and the construction of a police station will be important for residents of the area. According to him, the owner of the facility has vowed to evacuate the police from the facility should they not pay the rent they owe him/her. The Police Commander said if police officers that are assigned in the area are kicked out of the area, the Community will be vulnerable.
On the issue of the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency, Mr. Hina said the LDEA as a body responsible to fight the issue of drugs does not have headquarters in the County but operating from an area that does not suit the agency.
He explained that officers of the LDEA do a special kind of job, as such; they need their own facility within the County as it is in the case of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) and the Liberia National Police (LNP).
Mr. Hina indicated that there is the need for a barrack to be constructed for those that always take assignments in the County something he said will avoid them from renting in private homes. He, at the same time, disclosed that the County has about one hundred and twenty-six police officers, describing it as very low.
On the issue of vehicles, the Margibi Police Boss revealed that the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency and the Liberia National Police have one pick-up each, meanwhile Liberia National Fire Service Margibi branch lacks fire truck which could enable that entity to fight fire outbreak in the County.