Ghana Police receives ballistic vest to boost fight against crime
President John Dramani Mahama’s directive for the Ghana Police to deal drastically with criminal elements has been concretized with the presentation of 132 ballistic vests to the Ghana Police Service by an association.
The Council of Ghanaian Associations in New Jersey (COGA), through the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations (UN), made the presentation at Newark, New Jersey, to boost security forces moral to fight crime, especially in the wake of recent gang activities.
The vests were donated by the Essex County Sheriff to COGA due to the long-time bilateral relationship between Ghana and Essex County College especially it’s former President, Dr. Zachary Yamba.
Mr. William Awinador-Kanyirige, Ghana’s Deputy Permanent Representative, who deputized for Ambassador Ken Kanda, Permanent Representative to the UN praised COGA for facilitating the donation and encouraged them to always think of other ways of supporting their brothers and sisters at home.
Ghana News Agency information from the Ghana Permanent Mission at New York, indicates that Mr Awinador-Kanyirige used the occasion to brief the Ghanaian community and the group about development in Ghana.
He tasked the Police to continue to maintain law and order in Ghana, deal with criminal elements within the ambit of the law to create a safe haven for law abiding citizens.
Mr. Kwaku Amo, COGA Executive Secretary-General, acknowledged the impressive contribution of Ghana Police in ensuring the safety of Ghanaians and hoped the donation would spur the police on to do more.
Superintendent (Sup) Anthony Aduhene-Benieh, Ghana Police Service, who received the items on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, said the security agencies in the country have taken the fight to the door step of criminals.
“We are doing everything possible within the law to reduce the level of crime in the country, particularly armed robbery as had been evidenced by recent statistics…we will fight them day and night,” he said.
Sup Aduhene-Benieh also praised COGA and the Essex County Sheriff for donating the vests, saying that they would help in fighting crime.
Meanwhile Supt Aduhene-Benieh, former District Commander of Nima Police in Accra, which was adjudged the best in Africa by Atlas Police Station Visitors Week (PSVW) last year, was decorated with the award at the Vera Institute in New York.