The New Publisher has observed with pleasure the several new developments happening in the Ghana Police Service since the Acting Inspector General of Police (Ag. IGP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare took office and we congratulate the entire Police Administration for the positive changes that go a long way in making us all feel safer and happier.
It certainly cannot be sheer coincidence that these new refreshing changes started after the Ag. IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare took office. It is most likely to be a well thought through direction.
One of the key significant developments is the general ehanced proactiveness in preventing crime and being swift to fight it when it occurs. The speed with which the Police hierarchy led by the Ag. IGP himself moves to crime scene to lend support to the local police team to unravel crime ad prevent it is worth writing home about.
One of such proactive preventive measures that has happened in recent times is the introduction of police troopers on horses for patrol operations within Tema and Accra and their surrounding communities.
This straight away increases police presence and visibility, boosts public confidence and gives an assurance to residents that the law enforcements officers are on standby and nearby and ready for action.
The troopers are augmenting already existing police patrol duties such as community foot patrol, motor bike patrol, visibility patrol, which mostly uses vehicles, and the recently deployed motorcycle traffic management and mobility teams.
Another key new development is the live updates to the general public on how crime is being combated across the country. The absence of clarity of information breeds speculations and suspicion. The new style of being forth coming with information is very refreshing.
The Police Service has started to make maximum use of its presence on social media to not only disseminate information on crime prevention and also to solicit for information and give education on security tips. This is significant and refreshing and makes one feel the police is omnipresent and working for us.
Then is the unannounced visit to some Police check points in Accra by the Ag IGP and his top hierarchy of officers. Which District of Divisional Police Commander would want to be caught unawares doing the wrong thing with the IGP walks in during one of such unannounced visits.
The strategy is to make the service feel there is a ‘Big Brother’ watching and observing. Once you know you are being monitored, you are most likely to do the right thing.
Again the new style of the IGP and his top men doing random snap checks themselves gives motorists a sense of security.
Again is the introduction of tailor-made solutions for specific security challenges. The vehicular motor traffic on the Weija- Kasoa – Buduburam – Winneba Road has being a major headache to motorists over the decades.
The recklessness and disregard for road traffic regulations by some drivers makes the situation worse. The Ag IGP after taking office, has deployed a Special police team to regulate traffic situations along stretch and warned that drivers should to follow the Road Traffic Regulations and desist from any malpractices on the road “as defaulters would be arrested and prosecuted.”
These are but a few of the new positive developments that are worth supporting the Police Administration to continue to do more. We certainly are proud of what we are seeing now.