- He said that more hands were needed on board to combat crime and maintain peace
- He said that the focus would be more on bringing in more females, to correct the gender ratio
- He also said that plans were in place to address accommodation issues of officers
The Ghana Police Service is expected to open its doors to people who wish to enlist as officers. He indicated that about 8,000 people would be added to personnel in the service.
The Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, disclosed this when he met with the media, after the first ever National Police Command Conference in Kumasi.
The conference brought together regional police commanders, regional crime officers and senior police officers.
Dery added that in bringing in more eligible people to be a part of the service, the core focus would be on bringing in more females, in a bid to correct the prevailing gender imbalance.
He went on to say that the policy is still in its formative stages, and would be finalized in due course.
The minister also addressed the issue of poor housing facilities of service officers.
He said that the present case, in which personnel had to report to duty from their homes, wasn’t the best, as it did little to address issues in cases of emergencies.
He however stopped short of delving into the finer details of the upcoming housing scheme for officers.
He concluded by saying that the current public – police ratio is not the best, as more hands were needed to promote a peaceful and conducive environment for all to live in.
The government, he said, was aware of the challenges of the service, as was working assiduously to deal with them.
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