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A Promotion Well Deserved

The Police Corporal who got shot in line of duty by armed robbers in Accra this week has been promoted to a Sergeant by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George A. Dampare and this is certainly is a brilliant idea worth applauding and emulating.

It most certainly sends the right positive signals that the Service rewards hard work and the nation does not take for granted the sacrifices  by its police personnel goes to enforce law and order as well as protect persons and property.

Our Police personnel are not living in the best of conditions. Their salaries, conditions of service and barracks can be better than what we have today.

Yes, in recent times, Government has made efforts to augment the Service with logistics and vehicles. Yes, the current IGP is generally perceived as a proactive officer who does not believe in armchair policing.

Despite these strides, the conditions of Service is still not really worth writing home about therefore it is significant that a Corporal would be willing to take the bullet of robbers just in the name of protecting property and lives.

Such a Corporal is a hero.

Such a Corporal is a good example among the lot.

Such a Corporal is the type that gives the Service a good name and restores the dwindling public confidence.

Such a Corporal is different from the other men-in-black who under the guise of snap-checks at night, flash torch-lights into the eyes of road users and basically as for alms.

This hero of a Corporal promoted to Sergeant deserves a lot more encouragement from even beyond the Service.

The officer, together with his team members, took part in a special operation to arrest a team of armed robbers who attacked, shot and robbed a woman at Caprice in Accra recently.

Though the armed robbers shot at the officer in his thigh, he did not die but suffered multi-fragmented fractures to the bone of his right thigh due to the gunshot and has been scheduled for a major surgery.

It is refreshing that even while on admission and responding to treatment, he was visited by the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Derry who said the purpose of the visit was to assess the condition of the officer and also wish him well.

Derry took the opportunity to thank the Police for their invaluable services to the country and assured them of his Ministry’s commitment to support the Police in the fight against crime.

This is one of the rare opportunities for corporate Ghana and fitting members of society to applaud and reward a good police officer.

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