Govt To Improve Upon Accommodation For Police

President Mills has tasked the Ghana Police Service, among other things, to institute proactive measures and specialized units to contain any anticipated crimes associated with the country’s oil find. “Our oil find is going to bring new challenges to the Police Service, and it is my hope that the IGP and his High Command will put in place proactive measures and specialized units to be continuously ahead of the criminals,” he said. Speaking at the 42nd, Graduation Ceremony of the Cadet Officers of the Ghana Police College in Accra yesterday, His Excellency President John Evans Atta Mills said his Government would ensure that all officers and men of the security services had been given a requisite training relevant to the professional discharge of their duties. He said the government was also working assiduously towards providing the necessary logistics to enable the service function at the optimum level. “Government has amply demonstrated its commitment to boosting the morale of the police service, and you can be assured that the commitment is not going to be a short lived,” he added. He said the government supports the Police Administration’s Strategic Policy initiative to train and retain personnel of the service, and to constantly build capacity. He mentioned that the graduating intake, which was made up of 128 cadet officers, including 15 females and four personnel from the Liberian Police Service, was the third largest since the inception of the Police College in 1959. President Mills promised the improvement of accommodation facilities for personnel of the service, saying, “It is certainly not the best of situations for the police to keep part of their property on balconies, and the government is taking pragmatic and concentrate steps to provide more acceptable accommodation.” He expressed appreciation for the performances of the police personnel currently on United Nations and African Union International Peacekeeping operations in various parts of the world, particularly in Darfur, stating that the government was committed to resourcing the security services to carry out mandated tasks. On the illicit drug menace, the President commended the police service for supporting the fight against the drug trade for the past 11 months, pointing out that Ghana would not be allowed to be a subsidiary entity for drug cartels. He congratulated the cadet graduants, and entreated them to be impartial, non-partisan, firm and fair in the execution of their duties, when posted to the various command positions. T