As part of efforts to fight the recent upsurge of crime in the country, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that a total of 8,700 CCTVs would be deployed across all the districts, with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.
In addition, some 4000 more police officers would be recruited this year as part of negotiations for the rollout of Phase II of the Alpha Project.
The President said this yesterday when he commissioned the Bekwai Divisional Police Headquarters, constructed by the Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei Wusu.
According to him, his administration will mobilise whatever assistance it can to enable the Police provide the Ghanaian people the kind of service they deserve.
President Akufo-Addo added that the aim of his administration was to strengthen the Police, fashioning it into an honest, disciplined, efficient and robust force, whose emphasis would be on proactive and preventive policing, rather than reactive.
“This year, we are undertaking the rehabilitation of police stations across the country to standardize the infrastructure”, the President said.
Outlining Government’s plans to further equip the Police better, the President stated that “at least 1,000 new vehicles are being procured for the Police this year. Already 200 pick-up vehicles have been allocated under Operation Calm Life, with 200 saloon vehicles to be delivered soon, with more to come.”
He further assured that resources have been allocated for police kits, protective gear and adequate quantities of other essential equipment.
He, thus, urged the Police, on their part, to “pay particular attention to the proper maintenance of these equipment and facilities.”
The Bekwai Divisional Police Headquarters is the second building constructed for the Police in Bekwai, and will serve the peoples of Amansie West, Amansie Central, Bekwai, Bosome Freho and Fomena.
Describing the initiative undertaken by the Bekwai MP as “an excellent example of the contribution that a responsible citizen can make to the general welfare of the community”, the President indicated that the most important things for a nation are the peace and safety of its people, and its territorial integrity.
“It is when these are guaranteed that citizens can go about their normal lives in security, and try to improve upon the quality of their circumstances. We all sleep, feeling protected, when the men and women of the Police Service work to keep our nation, our communities and our streets safe,” he said.
With the issue of law and order being particularly important at this time when indiscipline, lawlessness and outbreaks of mob justice are threatening the rule of law, President Akufo-Addo stated that it was vital that the Executive should offer its full support to the Police to allow it to perform its duty of maintaining law and order.
“It is my hope and expectation that the Police in this Division will enhance their engagement with the communities they serve, because that is a more sustainable way of reducing crime,” he said.
The President also urged residents to co-operate with the Police and give them maximum backing in the discharge of their duties.
“When the community and police work together, we can be assured of our safety and security, and, then, we can channel all our energies and resources into building a progressive and prosperous nation,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo was confident that “with the citizenry and police joined together at the frontline in the fight against crime, we can help establish an orderly society, governed by the rule of law.”