NEW YORK: Indian women police officers — members of the first ever all female unit deployed by the United Nations — have come in for high praise from the world body’s officials who commended their work in emergency situations as also in crime prevention in Liberia where they are posted.

As a mark of the appreciation, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Alan Doss decorated the officers — who have also been praised for their unflinching support to the National Police in Liberia (NPL) — with the U.N. Peacekeeping Medals at an impressive ceremony in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

“Though a new beginning for gender equality in peacekeeping, this deployment is a continuation of India’s consistent commitment to peacekeeping operations,” Mr. Doss said. “All of you standing here represent a proud tradition of service to international peace.”

Also present at the ceremony were Force Commander Lt. Gen. Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor, Director of Administration Stephen Lieberman, the Inspector-General of the Liberia National Police Beatrice Munah Sieh, UNPOL Acting Commissioner, Gen. Maritz Du Toit; the Consul-General of India, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, and other government officials.

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is currently assisting the NPL to attract more women into the police. — PTI