Police attacks: Police personnel on traffic duty to be provided with guns

Police attacks: Police personnel on traffic duty to be provided with guns

- All officers of the police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) across the country would now be armed while on traffic duties

- This move comes after the incessant attacks on officers in their line of duty

- According to the IGP, desperate situations calls for desperate measures

The Ghana Police Administration has announced that all officers of the police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) across the country would now be armed while on traffic duties.

This move according to the police administration would ensure the protection of its personnel who have recently come under attack in their line of duty.

Five police officers have been killed in the last 30 days, something that has brought to the fore, the issue of safety of law enforcers in the country.

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“From today, we will give MTTD officers weapons,” the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, announced Thursday, August 29, 2019, indicating it was a directive from the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery.

He added that all police officers who go on ‘outside duties’ would also be armed with weapons, bullet proof vests and helmets to be able to “protect themselves whenever necessary because desperate situations call for desperate measures”.

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YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ghana Police Service has announced that it would in the coming week, distribute about 4,500 bulletproof vests for patrol officers.

The Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu, said the body armour is to help secure the officers who have in recent times suffered attacks in the discharge of their duties, sometimes resulting in death.

This decision comes on the back of the recent deaths that have been recorded in the line of duties of the officers.

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