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DON’T BE PARTISAN – Akufo-Addo tells Police

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Officers and men of the Ghana Police Service have been admonished to resist the temptation to tie their destinies to the fortunes of political parties or to the ruling party of the day, as they have a unique role in safeguarding the integrity of the nation.

Officers and men of the Ghana Police Service have been admonished to resist the temptation to tie their destinies to the fortunes of political parties or to the ruling party of the day, as they have a unique role in safeguarding the integrity of the nation.

 

According to the President, a highly professional Police Service capable of discharging its duty without fear or favour would guarantee the safety of all citizens and foster national unity and cohesion.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia gave the admonition when he read a speech on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the 47th Cadet Officers’ Graduation Parade at the National Police Training School at Tesano, Accra last Friday.
 “Ladies and gentlemen, it is in everybody’s interest that the Police Service retains the neutrality and professionalism guaranteed under the Constitution. Governments have term limits, and in a multi-party democracy, parties win and lose power.
“It is good for the health of the nation that this is so. And it is precisely for this reason that the Police Service should not tie its well-being or otherwise to the fortunes of political parties nor to the ruling party of the day. Doing so undermines your integrity, your professionalism, and puts all of us at risk in the long run” the President admonished.
“As President, and together with you, the leadership of the Ghana Police Service, we must ensure that the Police Service is left to focus on its core mandate, and not be an appendage of the ruling party. I envisage a Police Service that goes about its duty of protecting ordinary citizens confident that there will be no interference from the powers that be,” the President stated.
Government, the President said, would do all in its power to provide the necessary logistics and resources to the Ghana Police Service to enable it discharge its duties, especially in the wake of reports of lawlessness and mob violence. Practical support, such as rehabilitation and equipping of police stations across the country to standardize the infrastructure, as well as protective gear, guns and ammunition would soon receive prominent attention.

According to him, practical support, such as increased recruitment, rehabilitation and equipping of police stations across the country to standardize the infrastructure, as well as provision of protective gear, guns and ammunition would soon receive prominent attention.
The President said the government was aiming at building a robust, effective, efficient and disciplined police force.
He said the policy of the government on law and order was to focus more on proactive and preventive policing, rather than reactive, stressing, “We will do so by increasing both visibility and capacity. An initial amount of GH¢800 million, in the short term, will support the important task of reducing crime and increasing public safety.”
“Negotiations have just been completed for the rollout of Phase II of the Alpha Project, which will involve the deployment of 8,700 CCTV cameras in all 216 districts, with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale,” he said.
“We are also on course to set up Special Police Units. Resources have been allocated for police kits, including protective gear and adequate quantities of other essential equipment, including guns and ammunitions. We also expect the Police to strengthen engagement with the communities they serve. We see that as being a more sustainable way of reducing crime,” President Akufo-Addo emphasized.
Government, President Akufo-Addo stated, was also working with the police administration to significantly increase the numbers of the police in a bid to better the Police-Population ratio.
“This year alone, our programme is to recruit 4,000 more police personnel. We know that what matters most is not the number of police officers we recruit, but the number of officers we deploy, and how effectively they are deployed. We are improving the data analytics of the service to make policing more efficient and alive to modern trends in crime,” the President said.
The President challenged officers and men of the Ghana Police Service to work hard at redeeming its image, with the Service consistently ranked low in the annual corruption perception rankings of the Afrobarometer Survey.
“This is not right and it can no longer be the status quo. Citizens can only have confidence in the Police Service when our men and women in uniform are seen to be honest and would enforce the law without fear or favour.
“We all sleep, feeling safe, when the men and women of the Police Service work to keep our nation and our streets safe. The issue of law and order is particularly germane at this time when indiscipline, lawlessness and outbreaks of mob justice are threatening the rule of law,” he said.
In all, 132 Cadet Officers were commissioned to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police.