Monday, February 15, 2016

INCHR boss urges advancement in crime solution

…wants Liberians trained in pathology and crime investigation
Justice Gladys Johnson, Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), has encouraged the need for medical students trained in pathology. She proffered that with the increasing waves of suspicious deaths in the country, officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) needed to receive advanced studies in Crimes Investigation. According to her, having Liberians receiving advanced training in these areas will curtail hired foreign professionals coming to the country in case of a suspicious death. Justice Gladys believed that suspicious deaths are scaring therefore it needs sufficient investigation to reveal the truth. She was speaking recently with a team of reporters at the new offices of the commission in Congo Town, outside Monrovia. She stated that having trained pathologists and crimes investigators will help country establish the causes of mysterious deaths and who and what caused those deaths. She on called on the Liberia National Police through the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to send some of their employees for specialized training in Pathology and Crimes Investigation. Justice Johnson indicated that it is not just enough to conduct an autopsy in a suspicious death and establish the cause of death, but said further crime investigation must be done in order to identify what or who caused the death. The INCHR boss noted that if Sierra Leone, Ghana and other countries can have pathologists and crimes investigators, it is prudent for Liberia to have trained ones as well. Justice Johnson asserted some of the doctors in the country can be sent out of the country for specialized studies in Pathology so that other countries can hire the services of Liberia’s Pathologists. She called on medical schools in the country to send some of their students for studies in the field of Pathology. She also suggested that the LNP send officers of its Crime Services Division (CSD) for advanced studies in Crimes Investigation. Justice Johnson has also called on Liberians in the diaspora to build interest in the study of crime detecting and the field of pathology and afterward come home to serve their country. The Supreme Court Justice added that it is an embarrassing thing for the country to keep hiring the services of foreign pathologists. She called on the media to engage in in-depth investigation of suspicious deaths and not just report on a while.

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