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Western Regional Police Management Board inaugurated

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policeMr. Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, Inspector General of Police (IGP), on Friday said the Ghana Police Service has the responsibility to consolidate the tenets of democratic governance and ensure the rule of law and safety of all persons and property.

He stated this when inaugurating a six-member Western Regional Police Management Board at Sekondi.

Mr. Alhassan said it is, therefore, incumbent on every Police Officer to work towards the creation of a congenial atmosphere in which all persons, irrespective of class and status could go about their legitimate pursuits of life without fear or any hindrance.

He said, “The Police Administration is committed to a paradigm shift in law enforcement activities, underpinned by proactive policing strategies, effective combat of violent crime, effective mobilization and deployment of human and material resources, command accountability, professional and ethical conduct of personnel, re-organization and re-alignment of the operational units and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), among others”.

He said these policy interventions are ongoing and deserve the attention and effort of Police Officers in order to achieve the desired objectives, and urged Police Officers to work as a team to enable them to meaningfully support the successful implementation of these reforms and restructuring policy initiatives.

He said the Police Service Regulations 2012 made provision for the formation of Regional Police Management Boards across the country and hoped the decentralization of Police Headquarters administration control and operations would yield maximum effectiveness and efficiency to enhance the overall service delivery to meet the growing expectations of communities.

He noted that whilst the Regional Police Committee will continue to advise the Police Council on matters relating to law enforcement in the region, the Regional Police Management Board will be directly responsible to the office of the IGP on certain matters.

Mr. Alhassan said the matters included the implementation of management policy decisions, made by the IGP in respect of the work, conduct, welfare and related matters of Police personnel in the region, enforcement of law and order and discipline as well as the collective management of human, material and financial resources allocated to the region in an effective and efficient manner, so as to ensure the attainment of regional policing objectives.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr. Kofi Boakye, the Regional Police Commander, said the Command fully supports the vision and policy initiatives of the IGP. He said the Regional Police Command was undertaking an audit of manpower deployment procedures to ensure that Police personnel who have no business in offices carry out policing duties.

He said the command was poised to confront challenges that would arise from the verdict of the Supreme Court.

DCOP Boakye is the Chairman of the Board with members including Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr. Kwame Tachie Poku, Deputy Regional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent James Kofi Abraham, Regional Crime Officer, ACP Mr. Paul Kofi Ayittey, Tarkwa Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Mr. Godson Asare Nyarko, Sefwi Wiawso Divisional Commander and Inspector Helena Aggrey, representative of the other ranks.

Source: GNA

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