The Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service, Mr. David Asante-Appeatu, has fired back at critics who have suggested that his vision of making the police service number one in Africa target is unrealistic.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a training workshop for Public Affairs officers, the IGP said that the police service should rank within the first 10 in the world and number one in Africa.
“The Ghana Police Service under my leadership is pursuing a robust transforming aimed at actualizing the vision of the service and that is to become a world class police service capable of delivering planned democratic, protective and peaceful service up to the standards of international best practices. In doing this it is my goal to position the Ghana Police Service as one of the best 10 police services in the world and the leading one in Africa,” the IGP said.
But the Executive Director of the West Africa Centre for Counter extremism, Mutaru Mumuni Muktar described the IGP’s target as unachievable.
“We still have serious challenges of security or policing here in Ghana… one of the main characteristics of active police force is visibility. We are still struggling to meet the UN target of one-police officer-to-500 people. If you could not meet that target what are the fundamental factors, what are the indicators that point to the fact that we can achieve this ambitious target of being the best police force in Africa,” the security expert said.
However, the IGP speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm on the sidelines at the opening of the 47th Cadet Officers’ Course, said those critics are not optimistic perhaps in their own activities.
He said, ‘’we are very optimistic in our endeavours and we know we will get there. This is in continuance and until we get to our goal, which is to become one of the top 10 police organizations in the world, we are not going to relent on our goals.’’
When asked if Ghanaians will see the changes he has outlined considering the two year extension of his contract by President Akufo Addo, he said, ‘’you will see a lot of them. You will see a lot of them. We have a four year strategic plan but within the two years, we hope you are going to see a lot of these activities accomplished.’’
His resolve to achieve his target is absolute adding, ‘’we’ve done a lot of work in our transformation programme in office and we are well prepared, it’s going to be rolled out even though we have started with some of our activities.’’