- Ghanaian police officers have been awarded medals at the UN mission
- The police officers comprise 12 male and 12 female officers
- They were awarded for their excellent service in policing
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Twenty-four of Ghana’s finest police officers, half of them women, have been awarded with UN medals for their selfless service to the people of South Sudan.
They are engaged in various tasks – including but not limited to patrolling, community policing, protection of civilians and capacity building of their South Sudanese colleagues – in Juba and seven UNMISS field offices across the country.
Ghana has contributed a total of 5,248 police officers, 878 of whom are women, to UN peacekeeping missions on four continents since 1960.
Eight of these men and women have, over the years, lost their lives in the line of duty.
Since the establishment of UNMISS in 2011, 224 of them have served in South Sudan.
Ghana has been a consistent contributor to United Nations peacekeeping efforts since the 1960s.
Ghana first deployed troops as part of a UN peacekeeping operation set up to help restore calm and order in the then Republic of Congo (ONUC).
In August 2019, United Nations Police Advisor and Director of Police Division, Commissioner Luis Carrilho, expressed satisfaction with the services and contributions of the Ghana Police Service at United Nations peace keeping missions.
“Ghana police service is one of the main police contributing countries to United Nations Police, and the quality of the women and the men that serve in the united nations peace keeping operations, united nations special political missions is recognized and I came here to thank my good friend the Inspector General of Police, James, and also all the leadership for their continuous commitment”, he said.
Five cameras plus a drone were used to cover the match. The experiment is the first time Ghana is using VAR technology in a football match.
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