Chief Supt Benjamin Agordzor, director in charge of operations at the police headquarters has warned political party leaders to desist from making police officers deployed to protect them perform domestic chores.
He spoke at a forum in Ada on Tuesday aimed at finalizing security detail and modalities for the provision of security for presidential candidates during Ghana's impending polls.
Chief Supt Agordzor asked the politicians not to involve police officers in politics by not directly having political conversations with them.
In a move to ensure some sanity in security arrangements towards a peaceful electioneering process, the police asked flagbearers to avoid using their security detail for household chores as well.
“Avoid using them for domestic chores, they will not be sweeping your bedrooms, they will not be fetching water for you. If you decide for one reason or the other that they should stay in your boys’ quarters so that they can protect you very well, we do not have a problem with it, but please do not use them for domestic chores…. Let us not compromise them and they are also not house guards, their duty is to give VIP protection as you go round your duties. Do not reduce them that as you are going out they should remain in the house and protect your house for you, no, that is not their duty, they are not the watchmen of the house or providing static guard duties in your house”, Supt Agordzo told the politicians.
The Ghana police unveiled plans in April to provide protection for presidential candidates and their running mates before and during the November 7 general elections, following the flying of three South African ex-police officers into the country by the opposition New Patriotic Party.