Former U.S. Police Chief in Liberia to Overhaul Police Force

Mark Kroeker has years of big-city police experience. But he's facing perhaps the greatest challenge of his career.

The former Portland, Oregon, police chief is in Liberia, charged with rebuilding that nation's ill-trained and ill-equipped police force.

Years of civil war in the West African nation ended in August. But the current police force is irregularly paid and is rife with corruption.

Kroeker arrived in Monrovia Sunday to lead more than a-thousand civilian police officers from around the world who are part of the effort to build a Liberian police force.

He tells The Associated Press the new force will be open to men and women and that new standards will be the beginning of "a truly effective and professional community-based police organization."

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