- Interior Minister Dery has stated that government plans on doing more to honor police officers who fall in the line of duty
- He says a foundation will be established to build on compensations that the police service already provides for aggrieved families
Interior Minister Ambrose Dery has revealed that the Government of Ghana intends to instill measures in order to properly honor police officers who happen to be killed or die in the line of duty.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Interior Minister Dery stated that the Ghana Police Service would construct a memorial structure which would bear the names of fallen police officers who pass on in the line of duty.
"We already have a strategic plan going. There is a memorial that is going to be built by the police. So, all those who die in the line of duty are going to have their names put on,” said the Interior Minister.
Interior Minister Dery added that the Ghana Police Service already have a system where they give families of fallen policemen GHC5,000, but that government was looking to build on that by establishing a kind of foundation.
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Interior Minister Dery's comments come in the wake of heavy criticism at government over what some Ghanaian's called government's double standards over how it treats families of dead police officers over how it does those of army officers.
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The criticism stems from the difference between how government has catered for the late Major Maxwell Mahama's family, who was lynched by residents of Denkyira Obuasi while deployed in that area, as opposed to that of Lance Corporal Robert Kumi Ackah, who was killed by fellow police officers who mistook him for an armed robber.
Both Major Mahama and Lance Corporal Robert Ackah died in the line of duty. Although Ghanaians can't help but notice that while Major Mahama's family has received compensations/donations to the tune of hundreds of thousands of cedis, Lance Corporal Robert Ackah's family has only received GHC5,000 from the Ghana Police Service and another GHC5,000 from Unique Insurance..
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