The Minister for Interior Ambrose Dery, has expressed confidence in the Ghana Police Service in fighting the wave of crime in the country.
He said the nation had trust and confidence in the Service, and that with Government’s commitment to providing the needed manpower and logistics, the police must rededicate themselves to the task of ensuring all elements of crime were rooted out.
“We have no doubts that the Ghana Police Service has capable men and women of world class standard to deal with crimes in the country.
“I entreat you to be proactive and work harder to ensure that crime is brought to the barest minimum, especially, violent crime, and also eliminate the fear of crime among the citizenry”, he told Commanders of the Service when he opened the 2019 National Police Command Conference at Sogakope in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region on Wednesday.
The Minister said the need to curtail crime could not be exaggerated, and that with practical strategies and the support from sister security agencies, the threat of crime, which was affecting public confidence in the Service will be dealt with.
Mr. Dery said Government was aware of hurdles confronting personnel in the discharge of their duties, and would continue to provide the needful to enhance their capacity and curtail risks associated with the job.
The Minister stated that Government in that regard had resolved to resourcing the Service beyond its budget allocation, and had initiated residential and office accommodation projects in addition to the provision of vehicles and communication equipment for effective policing.
He also emphasised that the welfare of personnel remained Government’s priority, having cleared the backlog of promotions, and providing compensation packages for officers who fell in line of duty.
Mr. Dery appealed to citizens to offer credible information on criminals to the Police to help them manage crime, and also to enable them protect the peace and security of the nation.
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, said the transformation concept of the Service was under review and would require effective collaboration with the public.
He said with the upsurge in “serious” crimes such as kidnapping, terrorism, cyber fraud and money laundering, there was the need to uphold the community watch concept to “actively” engage the public in fighting crime.
The IGP also said Police visibility would be resuscitated with the deployment of more personnel on the streets to help reduce fear of crime.
He said in line with its duty to guarantee the civil liberties of citizens, the Service would “deal decisively” with persons or group of persons that engaged in vigilantism.
Mr. Oppong-Boanuh said the 18 months post training program for newly passed out constables would be observed to effectively build the capacity of personnel and added that the Police administration would ensure unethical conducts did not dent the image of the institution.
The three day conference is on the theme “Strengthening Discipline and Supervision for Effective Crime Control”, and would offer the top hierarchy of the Service the opportunity to map out strategies to stay on top of crime in the country.
The conference is being attended by among others, Regional Police Commanders, and also heads of sister security agencies in the Region.