Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday urged the Police Service to remain neutral in its operations and deal decisively with anybody that will foment trouble before, during and after this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections.
He said the December 7 Election would be a litmus test for the country’s Democracy and entreated the Police to discharge their duties professionally devoid of intimidation and harassment of the public.
He reaffirmed government’s commitment to providing the Police Service with the requisite logistics and tools to perform their constitutional mandate, in order to safeguard the peace and security of the nation and ensure a credible and transparent electoral process.
Vice President Bawumia made the call at the 2019 West African Security Services Activity (WSSA) of the Ghana Police Service held at the Police Headquarters in Accra.
The annual get-together afforded an opportunity for personnel of the Police Service to take stock of the previous year’s activities and interact with the civilian population towards ensuring improved service in the coming year.
At this year’s event, police personnel were entertained with contemporary music from popular Ghanaian artistes, with plenty of food and drinks to savour the day.
Vice President Bawumia, also the Chairman of the Police Council, while recounting some of the support offered to the Service, said Government since 2017 provided 700 multi-purpose vehicles and three helicopters to the Service to enhance its operational effectiveness and safeguard the peace and security of the citizenry.
Additionally, police personnel were given body armours, cameras and other modern gadgets to safeguard their safety.
Currently, six constables are undergoing aviation training in South Africa to pilot the helicopters, while 50 personnel were being trained to constitute the Police Airborne Unit to enable the Police to respond effectively to aerial situations and protect lives and property.
Vice President Bawumia said 320 housing units were under construction to offset the housing deficit and thus, entreated the Service to continue exercising professionalism and adopt modern intelligence and investigation strategies to safeguard peace and tranquillity.
According to him, 20,000 security officers across the various security agencies due for promotion were promoted since 2017, which motivated and boosted their morale to give off their best.
He said greater collaboration between the Police and their civilian counterparts would help in curbing crimes and making the nation a better place to live.