By Libya Herald reporter.
Ghariyan, 18 March 2015:
Ghariyan’s municipal guard is suffering from a severe shortage of personnel and essential resources necessary . . .[restrict]to protect the town, Ghariyan Municipal Guard branch director Al-Bahlul Al-Maqdouli told the Libya Herald.
Of the 90 employees working for the organisation, more than a quarter are due to retire, having exceeded the limit of 37 years in the force, Maqdouli disclosed.
“We currently do not have enough men to cover the whole town and we’re due to lose up to 20 guards in the near future. This does not bode well for us or our neighbouring towns,” he added.
There are currently 200 students in training for the Municipal Guard, which will help, but many more are needed.
Additionally, the force needs at least five police cars for patrolling the streets, and its five guard stations—in the town centre, Guwasim, Urban, Mizda, and Gariat—are in dire need of maintenance and equipment, Maqdouli complained.
Nevertheless, he said the Guard would not abandon its mission in the face of the difficulties.
“Though the security situation is challenging and our resources are stretched thin, we are committed to protecting the people of Ghariyan,” he promised. [/restrict]