CORRUPT POLITICIANS who may want to use their political influence to interfere in the work of the police in fighting corruption in Ghana will not have it easy with the current police administration; the Director-General of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) David Eklu, has warned.
Interacting with the media at the Regional Police Headquarters in Bolgatnaga on Monday October 30, 2017 as the leader of a team of senior police officers on a working visit to the Upper East Region, ACP Eklu said the police administration under the watch of the current Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu is currently embarking on a transformation agenda with the aim of ensuring the conduct of officers reflects the vision of the service to become a world-class one.
“You might have been following the news that very hard decisions have been taken against a few police officers who have gone out of line. We are going to continue in that state and we count on the vigilant of the public, we count on public cooperation to make sure that we have police officers who deliver professional service to the public. But we also call on the public to also step up their civic responsibility. It takes two to commit a corrupt act. But if you have a public that is bent on having their way without following legitimate processes, then you are increasing the burden on the police officer. The police officer has a clear demand to deliver policing service in a clear, transparent and accountable way but sometimes there are challenges.” He emphasized.
He also said: “There are challenges because we have communities; we have people in authority who think they will want to exert their authority over the police to have their way at the expense of the general public and that is not a good sign. So as we speak about police professionalism, let us also educate members of the public to take up their civic responsibility and make sure that they respect the laws of the land. In that way, you are securing a bright future for this country. But if we still have people who claim to have certain type of authority, other political or any other way, and want to take the law into their own hands, thinking that they will be able to use their political muscles to intimidate the police, the IGP has already made it clear last week that the police will not tolerate this.”
In a move to seek the support of the public in dealing with officers who misconduct themselves, ACP Eklu announced a hotline for pictures and videos of unprofessional officers to be sent to, for immediate disciplinary actions to be taken against them. He explained that the number; 0206639121 will receive only pictures and videos of officers who misconduct themselves on duty. He was however quick to add that exceptional conduct of officers should also be sent to that same number for appraisal purposes.
On Tuesday, the team met with district and station commanders, staff officers and heads of some units of the service in the region sensitize them on the transformation agenda of the administration. The programme was supported by Hanns Seidel Foundation.
Making his presentation, DSP Henry Ayisi Mensah, Deputy Director-General of Transformation Programme said; setting new standards in global policing, providing services to protect all Ghanaians in every district and improving police operations, administration and anti-corruption fight as specific goals the programme aims at achieving.
He mentioned welfare and professional development, community policing, criminal investigation department; Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS) and Information and Communication Technology as key focus areas for 2017/2020.
DSP Ayisi welcomed the introduction of the National Identification Authority explaining that it would help fight crime in the country.