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Mobile Training Teams for the Liberia National Police

Implementation of the Mobile Training Team Project for the Liberia National Police

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the target objectives of the Mobile Training Team (MTT) project are: (1) to increase the stability of the Government of Liberia in preparation for the United Nations peacekeeping forces withdrawal from Liberia; (2) to enhance the ability of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to field professional, well-trained police personnel who can manage crime and security threats across Liberia; and (3) to assist the LNP as it works to manage its own institutional development. The specific goals of the program are to increase training capacity, build knowledge, skills, and abilities of LNP trainers, and increase the capacity of the LNP to direct mobile training teams to remote areas or in areas where training needs arise. 

In this project, we developed and implemented the Liberia MTTs project consisting of: (1) a one week on-site training needs and facilities assessment in Liberia’s capital of Monrovia as well as in remote areas of the country; (2) a 3-week study tour for 20 senior Liberia Police Academy instructors in the United States; and (3) assistance in the development of a strategic plan for implementing the MTT concept as well as its institutionalization. This includes providing LNP personnel with in-depth exposure to aspects of U.S. law enforcement training systems, models, modalities, methods, management, and strategies, as well as means for evaluating training effectiveness.

Over the course of the 3-week study tour in January and February 2013, trainees spent 10 days at the Virginia State Police Training Academy where they engaged in group activities designed to bolster their ability to provide training in the leeward areas of Liberia. In addition, the University of Richmond Police Department coordinated interviews, meetings, observations, and ride-along experiences for the LNP with the City of Richmond Police, Henrico County Police, and other local agencies.  At the conclusion of that program, the contingent of LNP trainers traveled to the Pennsylvania State Police Training Academy where they continued a range of interactive classroom activities, and made visits to local police departments in Harrisburg, Swatara Township, and Derry Township. The emphasis of this program was to enhance the facilitation and training skills of the LNP, provide additional content in the areas of community engagement, integrity, professionalism, and expose training officers to field training and supervision. Before retuning to Liberia, the LNP officers also engaged in a strategic planning process where they learned to identify training needs and develop long- and short-term goals for expanding training in all areas of Liberia.

First day of classes at Virginia State Police Training Academy.

 

The first snow for many LNP officers!

 

At the Virginia State Police Training Academy.

 

Presentation of certificates of completion to LNP officers.