- President Akufo-Addo has said government is putting plans in place to ensure the Ghana Police Service serve the Ghanaian people efficiently
- Key among the plans are the deployment of 8,700 CCTV cameras, recruitment of more officers, acquisition of more vehicles and the rehabilitation of police stations across the country
- The President disclosed this when he commissioned a newly built Divisional Police Command Headquarters at Bekwai in the Ashanti Region on Sunday
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed his plans to improve the working conditions of the Ghana Police Service for them to be able to fight crime.
According to the President, it was his aim to make Police an honest, disciplined, efficient and robust force, whose emphasis will be on proactive and preventive policing, rather than reactive.
In this regard his government was going to mobilize whatever assistance it could to help the Police provide the Ghanaian people the kind of service they deserve.
“This year, we are undertaking the rehabilitation of police stations across the country to standardize the infrastructure”, the President said.
“In addition to recruiting some 4,000 more police officers this year, negotiations have just been completed for the roll-out of Phase II of the Alpha Project, which involves the deployment of a total of 8,700 CCTV cameras across all the districts, with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.”
Also, “at least 1,000 new vehicles are being procured for the Police this year. Already 200 pick-up vehicles have been allocated under Operation Calm Life, with 200 saloon vehicles to be delivered soon, with more to come.”
President Akufo-Addo disclosed this when commissioning of the Bekwai Divisional Police Headquarters constructed by the MP for Bekwai and First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu on Sunday, March 18.
Apart from the planned interventions stated above, the President said, had been allocated for police kits, protective gears and adequate quantities of other essential equipment.
He thus urged the Police on their part, to “pay particular attention to the proper maintenance of these equipment and facilities.”
On the building itself, President Akufo-Addo commended the Bekwai MP for showing an “an excellent example of the contribution that a responsible citizen can make to the general welfare of the community”.
As peace and security peace and safety of its people are the most important things for a nation, the President indicated, “It is when these are guaranteed that citizens can go about their normal lives in security, and try to improve upon the quality of their circumstances."
The President also urged for a collaboration between the Police in the area and the citizenry in order to successfully fight crime.
“With the citizenry and police joined together at the front-line in the fight against crime, we can help establish an orderly society, governed by the rule of law”, he said.
The Bekwai Divisional Police Headquarters is the second building constructed for the Police in Bekwai, and will serve the peoples of Amansie West, Amansie Central, Bekwai, Bosome Freho and Adansi North.
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