The United States Government (USG) represented by the Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, directs and oversees foreign assistance programs aimed at criminal justice reform in Liberia. INL provides support for law enforcement training and development as well as a range of assistance and capacity building for the rest of the criminal justice sector in Liberia. In an effort to complement existing USG and international donor efforts to develop the rule of law in Liberia, INL seeks applications from qualified non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for a program aimed at increasing access to training for Liberian National Police (LNP) in the leeward areas of Liberia – areas outside of Montserrado County.
INL plans to award a cooperative agreement to an NGO that will focus its efforts on assessing the training capacity of the LNP and training mobile training teams that will, in turn, train police personnel located outside of Montserrado County, Liberia in basic and intermediate police skills. This program will complement ongoing programs implemented by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), other donor nations, and the USG. As Liberia conducts national elections in the fall of 2011, the role of police throughout Liberia may become more critical as they work to manage any unrest associated with the election.
The recipient shall facilitate and execute a custom-designed Police Training Development Program for LNP trainers with a focus on basic policing skills development. The training program will be provided by an expert training team drawn from highly regarded police training development institutions. There are two components to this work:
- Site Visit: The expert training team will base its design of the program on direct observation of current LNP training facilities and techniques. The expert training team will make a three-day site visit to the LNP Academy to: 1) Understand current LNP training resources and delivery techniques; and 2) Determine which training topics will best fill the gaps in LNP instructor skill sets and which would efficiently expose the instructors to the most useful training aids and materials.
The Site Visit shall be completed within 60 days from the date the cooperative agreement is awarded.
- Study Tour: The Police Training Development Program will build training capacity by allowing LNP instructors to: 1) Observe one or more U.S. training academies to familiarize them with all aspects of academy operation including budgeting, procurement, equipment storage, maintenance of training materials and aids, staff selection, records keeping, and security; and 2) Observe police agency operations to provide them with in-depth knowledge of how training is related to actual police practice. They should be exposed to patrol, detectives, crime scenes, records, jails, community policing, roll call, reports, and administration. Recipient shall focus training on basic and intermediate skill levels appropriate to the level of development of the LNP.