Police Rehabilitate River Cess Police Headquarters

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CESTOS, River Cess – The headquarters of the River Cess Detachment of the Liberia National Police is now under rehabilitation after media reports that the building was inhabitable.

The condition of the building was so bad that officers assigned to the headquarters often spent their time outside.

Rotting beams were hanging on every side of the building with nearly all the ceilings in the conference room falling off. In addition, pools of water were often seen on the floor in the quarter where arrested individuals are held.

A follow-up tour by The Bush Chicken revealed that rehabilitation works were currently ongoing at the police station.

The building is now well painted with a new roof and ceiling. It was not clear when the work would be completed, but the contractor noted that the building would be completed “soon.”

A police source told The Bush Chicken that the Liberia National Police were funding the work. “It is Central that is carrying on this renovation,” the source said, adding that the publicity resulting from the media reports on the building was what prompted the police management to take action.

River Cess County Information Officer Isaac Williams once told The Bush Chicken that the county government was also considering making funds available from the county social development funds for the rehabilitation.

There was no official information as to whether this had been done as the county received some US$380,000 a few months ago.

Featured photo by Eric Doue

Eric Doue

Eric Opa Doue is a co-founder of Echo Radio Station, which does a series of programs in Bassa, Kru, and simple Liberian English. Under his leadership, Echo Radio was selected as one of the Moody Radio global partners for training opportunities in 2013 and 2014. Eric was one of a handful of reporters who received training from Internews in 2015 on humanitarian reporting during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He holds a diploma in Journalism, from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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