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Security actions for everyone (SAFE)

Improving police–citizen relations in Liberia

This project will help improve relations between communities and the police and armed forces in Bong, Lofa, Montserrado and Nimba counties, and enhance citizens’ access to quality and responsive security services in Liberia.

Our research has highlighted negative public perceptions of the police in Liberia. This includes issues of corruption, and the perception and reality of needing to pay bribes to obtain services and guarantee action from the police. This leaves citizens to take matters into their own hands.

We will promote inclusive participation of people in defending their rights and support the strengthening of accountable and transparent relations between police and citizens. This includes facilitating dialogue meetings between communities and police forces, and training police on respect for human rights and avoiding exacerbating local conflict.