The newly sworn-in substantive Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare has received a lot of praise from Ghanaians since he was appointed in the acting role.
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According to most people, the proactiveness of the IGP has shown that his tenure in office is going to be a good one and going to bring about a lot of changes in the police administration.
YEN.com.gh has however compiled a list of some four major highlights of Dampare since he took over the Ghana Police Service on August 1, 2021.
1. Horse Patrol Operations
Dampare in an earlier report filed by YEN.com.gh launched the Horse Patrol operations at the National Joint Operations Headquarters-Accra.
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The launch, which took place on Thursday, August 12, 2021, was part of efforts to strengthen the resolve to fight crime.
In a post sighted by YEN.com.gh on the official page of the Ghana Police Service, it noted that it is part of the Service’s method of crime prevention and detection.
Troopers detailed for such duties were charged to demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of their work for excellent services.
The troopers were also advised to assist in building trust and public confidence within the communities since they are among the first point of call when it comes to security.
2. Shuttle Service
Dampare has introduced Police shuttle services.
This is meant to facilitate the movement of police personnel from their homes to various duty points and vice-versa.
Also, it is to help ease the burden of officers commuting, as well as to ensure that personnel who carry weapons for duty, do so under safe conditions.
In a post sighted by YEN.com.gh on the official Facebook page of the Ghana Police Service, the programme has been implemented in 15 out of the 16 operational regions.
Buses have, therefore, been deployed on designated routes with pick-up and drop-off points to ensure the safe and easy transportation of personnel, especially during rush hour.
3. Action on Policemen, Tamale
On the command of the IGP, some four uniformed policemen who brutalized residents of Tamale during their escort duties with officials from the Electricity Company of Ghana have been interdicted.
Their interdiction came after the video of the assault went viral with many people calling on Dampare to take an action on them.
Their interdiction actually came as a surprise to many as attention is not mostly paid to these cases.
4. Creation of the Central East Regional Command
One of the major things done by Dr. George Akuffo Dampare when he took over office was the creation of the Central East Regional Command.
This was carved out of the Central Regional Police Command, to enable the police effectively combat crime in Kasoa and its environs.
Following this, the acting Inspector-General of Police and members of the Police Management Board (POMAB) embarked on a 20-hour ground operational tour of the newly created police command.
Since the creation of the new region, almost 200 personnel have been deployed to fight crime in the police region.
It will be noted that crime rates in areas such as Kasoa have been on the rise, with many calls for the police to be more effective in fighting the insurgencies there.
5. Introduction dog patrol
Personnel with highly-trained security dogs under leash have been strategically positioned across the Capital for operational patrols.
In a post sighted by YEN.com.gh, on the Ghana Police Service page, they stated that this component of policing is aimed at increasing the visibility of personnel, improving intelligence gathering, tracking of contraband goods, and improving upon other aspects of criminal investigations.
No more trotro for police as IGP introduces shuttle services to transport officers from home to work
Plans are, however, underway to extend this component of Police visibility to other regions.
6. Shatta Wale arrested for faking gun attack
Dancehall music superstar Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, has been arrested by the police.
Shatta Wale was arrested on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in connection with the circulation of news that he had been shot by gunmen.
The police confirmed the arrest of Shatta Wale in a statement on Facebook.
He was denied bail and remanded to prison custody for 1 week.
He has been sent to the Ankaful prison to serve his sentence in remand.
7. Medical arrested for brandishing weapon
Award-winning rapper and husband of Fella Makafui, Medikal, was arrested by the police.
Medikal, born Samuel Adu-Frimpong, was arrested on the evening of Thursday, October 21, 2021. Citinewsroom reports that Medikal has been arrested in connection with a video in which he brandished a gun.
The report indicated that Medikal was brought to the charge office of the Accra Regional Police Command and was in custody at the time of the report.
He has however been remanded for five days in Police custody
Dampare sworn in as IGP
COP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare has finally been sworn in as the substantive Inspector General of Police in Ghana.
He was sworn into office as the 23rd IGP by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The ceremony took place on Friday, October 8 at the seat of government, the Jubilee House.
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