The Inspector of General of Police (IGP) David Asante Appeatu, has charged personnel at the Public Affairs and Communication Officers within the Police Administration to be very timeous in doing their job.
He said the Public Affairs Directorate serve as the interface between the service and the general public hence the need for personnel must strictly adhere to high standard of professionalism in all its endeavours.
Technology he noted has brought a revolution in information dissemination adding, ''there are many sources of information today than before. This in itself has created the forum for misinformation, slandering and character assassination.’’
Misinformation he lamented has allowed people to denigrate the police service stressing that, the less people know, the more they perceive the police in bad light. The less people know, the more they still perceive officers as less educated group of people.
The IGP made the remarks at the opening ceremony for a four day Strategic Communication Workshop being organized for 18 participants from all 11 police regions including the headquarters, the CID and other strategic units.
He admonished participants to adopt innovative best practices for effective communication for the police service.
The police administration expects the participants to come out with strategies and recommendations to re-brand the service to make it a service with ‘’true’’ integrity.
‘’I also expect participants to come out with approaches of best practice to achieve the vision of the service. I expect the workshop to foster a network of engaged communication officers who will own the police transformation agenda and translate it to every police officer in the service as well as members of the public…It is my expectation that participants would develop a style guide or standard operating procedure for strategic communication in the service,’’ he said.
According to the IGP, if there ‘’is one Directorate that I will want to see empowered, well-resourced and professionalized; it is the Public Affairs Directorate.
The workshop he opined should allow the officers and participants to adopt innovative communication strategies in line with international best practices for effective communication for the police service.
The IGP added that because the Ghana Police is affected by global changes and cannot remain static, he has pursued a robust transformation agenda aimed at actualizing the vision of the service that is ‘’to be a world class police service capable of delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful services up to the standard of international best practice.’’
‘’In doing this, our goal is to position the Ghana Police Service in the world and a leading one in Africa by 2020.’’