The Ghana Police Service, under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has taken steps to deepen policing services across the country, in line with traditional practices and current crime, traffic and public order management this festive season.
According to the Director General in charge of Operations, Commissioner of Police (COP), Dr. George A. Dampare, the police will deploy over 14,000 personnel nationwide to help maintain law and order.
Another 18,000 personnel would be assigned traditional functions whereas another 1,200 personnel from the various special units including SWAT, Anti-terrorism will be assisting with operations.
Addressing the media today [Thursday], COP Dampare said the festive period from the law enforcement perspective, has three sub-periods-pre-festive, festive and post-festive periods.
‘’Based on geographical spread of the activities during the period, the huge number of people involved and the need to provide adequate security, we are on authority of the IGP, deploying over 14,000 police officers to directly perform operational duties across the country. There shall be 18,000 other personnel, performing traditional police duties which are indirectly related to the duties for the festive period.’’
He said under the authority of the IGP, the police commands across the country, are undertaking the following law enforcement interventions as a response to the security concerns associated with the period.
The police have categorized the operations under ten (10) main policing actions namely: Traffic Management Policing, Highway Patrol and Crime Fighting Policing, Commercial, Street and Entertainment Centres Policing.
The rest are: Residential Area Policing, Criminal Dens (Hideouts) Area Policing, Anti-Land guard and related activity Policing, Media Engagement Policing and Special Event Policing.
The objectives of the police he said was borne out of the indentified security concerns and it ‘’is the intention of the police to provide nationwide maximum law enforcement and traffic management services before, during and after the festive period. This shall be accomplished by ensuring the prevention and detection of crimes, protection of lives and property, management of traffic, maintenance of public order and ensuring the welfare of the police personnel.’’
It is the expectation of the police that at the end of the day when we work with the public and stakeholders, including the media, to assess our performance, we would have delivered and met the expectations of the great people this country.
‘’Specifically, we would have managed traffic well; we would have kept all citizenry relatively safe from criminal activities, including arresting criminals who might escape our proactive preventive policing net; we would have made great progress in the fight against land-guard activities with regard to policing aspects; we would have been very professional in our dealings; and we would have deepened our relationship with our stakeholders, particular the public and the media.’’
In assuring the public of maximum protection, COP Dr. Dampare said ‘’we will do our best to live up to our constitutional responsibilities during the festive period and beyond and we urge them to support and cooperate with us, including offering constructive criticism to help improve upon our work.’’
To the criminals he said: ‘’to you the criminal and your cohorts, the land-guards and your financiers, we are coming for you now and in the future at the places you live, operate and distribute your spoils. There is no hiding place for you and the earlier you repent the better it will be for you.’’
To the police personnel across the country he said,''The IGP salute you and urge you to make yourselves, your families, the police service and the country proud in the delivery of your services during the festive period and beyond. It is on record that personnel of the service excel and even outperform almost all countries whenever we go for United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, let us do same for our country,’’ he concluded.