Stay Away From Politics, Director Massaquoi Warns Officers

first_imgThe Director of the National Police (LNP) Col. C. Clarence Massaquoi is warning his officers ahead of the special Mid Term Election to stay away from involvement in political activities or drastic action will be taken against them.Col. Massaquoi, addressing members of his Senior Staff on Tuesday, said the SOP of the LNP will affect any officer that engages in political activities during and after elections, stressing that such involvement will undermine the neutrality of the LNP.The LNP boss said the LNP as a law enforcement institution has moral and legal obligations to provide protection for all candidates during elections and reminded the officers to be cognizant of their civil responsibility to their country.Director Massaquoi said any officer seen campaigning or engaging in electoral activities will face the full weight of the Police Duty Manual for their action.Chapter Ten of the Police Duty Manual states that, “By virtue of the membership of the Liberia National Police and in affirming commitment and independence in serving the community at large, no member of the LNP shall join or play an active role in the organization, non-official securing or holding of executive position in any political party or organization; however, he/she may freely exercise his/ her right to cast vote in an official election in Liberia.”“We are not politicians, and so we are not to get involved in political activities and our actions must be in line with our responsibility as a law enforcement institution”, Director Massaquoi emphasized.At the same time the LNP is urging the public to stop carrying civil matters to the police for investigation. The Police boss said civil matters must be handled by the courts and not the police.He encouraged police officers assigned to various Zones and Depots to be professional in their interaction with the public and desist from acts that have the tendency to undermine their professionalism.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Soderberg, Poly try to reach high note

first_img Soderberg, who has a 3.8 GPA, doesn’t have any aspirations of having a musical career. Right now, it’s simply a means of escape. On Monday, the junior needed to escape after Poly fell hard to Mission Viejo, 9-6, and Mater Dei, 10-6, at the North Orange County Tournament to bring its record to 7-6 overall. Once again, the Jackrabbits face a giant of an opponent in Wilson today at 4 p.m. at Belmont Plaza Pool. Wilson’s Matt Sagehorn and Anthony Artukovich are out of the Bruins linuep while playing with the U.S. Junior National Team at the Junior Worlds in Argentina. “It’s easier to get settled down after games,” said Soderberg, who has been playing the instrument ever since first grade. “I practice every day.” He enjoys playing for elderly and ill patients in nursing homes. Every once in a while his piano teacher assembles a group of artists to entertain those less fortunate. Often times, David Soderberg sits at his piano inside his parents’ Long Beach home and plays music composed by Beethoven and Bach. He is also often heard playing “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. That’s how Poly High’s water polo star relaxes. center_img But Soderberg, at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, knows full well that it’s going to take an impressive performance by himself and his teammates to defeat the defending Moore League and CIF Southern Section Division I champs, who have an army of players capable of putting huge numbers on the scoreboard. Soderberg, who served mostly as a defensive specialist while competing for the Long Beach Shore and Golden West water polo clubs, is the Jackrabbits’ primary go-to guy in the post this season. The Swedish-born player replaced Kazu Miyahara in Poly’s lineup. Miyahara was lightning-quick in the pool and could rack up goals like points on a pinball machine last year. In 13 games this year, Soderberg has carried much of Poly’s offense from his 2-meter position, tallying 60 goals on a team that only has one other player with significant water polo experience prior to high school. “He has good strength. That helps him a lot,” said David’s father Lars about how his son has been able to excel against players who normally outweigh him by 20 pounds. “It’s a good opportunity to show everyone how good our team is,” said Soderberg about today’s game. “We’ve become more multidimensional. “My role is to be the team leader,” Soderberg added. “If anyone is going to have to step up, it has to be me. (The Bruins) are still good without their two big offensive players. If we can stay in the right mindset, be confident and pull off some really big plays, we can upset them.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more