Police chief Chris Massaquoi has described as “bad” the budget currently allotted to the police, and warned that failure to increase it will hinder the capacity of the national police force to fight crime.
“I must state here emphatically that the budget process for the police was very, very bad,” Mr. Massaquoi said Friday at the police academy.
The police chief spoke at the turning over ceremony of training facilitates and infrastructure provided the police academy by the government of Norway.
“I am disappointed, because with that budget you will never be able to be effective,” he informed police officers.
The budgetary appropriation of the LNP in the current budget is between US$12 to US16m—the same amount in the last fiscal budget. But the police chief says his agency needs over U$20m to be effective.
He said police authorities have continued to meet officials of the Ministry of Finance, who have assured him that the 2011/2012 budget for the police force will be reviewed.
He said the matter has reached the president, adding, “We have started to have meetings to review the whole budget process not just for the police but for the entire security sector.”
“We also included logistics for the 54 districts across the country. And we have to be able to decentralize, but we cannot do that with the kind of budget that is given to us.”
Later, he praised the Norwegian government for constructing the training facilities, and urged other donors to follow suite example.