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Monrovia: UN-Trained Liberian Police Are Deployed

More Than 100 UN-Trained Liberian Police Are Deployed In Capital

Over 100 police recruits fresh from training school have been deployed in the streets of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, as the first contingent of the 1,800 the United Nations peacekeeping mission plans to post throughout the country by the scheduled October elections, a UN spokesman said today.

The 123 recruits completed their nine months of training on Saturday, which among other things included human rights education, riot control and community policing, spokesman Fred Eckhard told journalists at the daily briefing in New York.

In the new Liberian National Police contingent positioned yesterday, 85 officers were brand new recruits, he added.

The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) aimed to train and equip 3,500 police by the end of next year, Mr. Eckhard said.

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