Election 2012: 20,000 Policemen To Provide Security

Twenty thousand security personnel are to be deployed nationwide to provide security and maintain law and order during and after the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. The personnel, from the police service, Ghana Armed Forces, Prisons Service, Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), are also to protect Ghana’s territory against external infiltration. The Inspector General of Police, Mr Paul Tawiah Quaye, who made this known, said more than 10,000 security personnel had already been trained on election security maintenance under a programme sponsored by the British Government. He said the various departments were providing in-service training for some security personnel to increase the number to more than 20,000. The IGP made this known at the Tesano Police Depot when President John Dramani Mahama handed over 194 vehicles, including ambulances, to support the police to provide security during the elections and beyond. The President had earlier presented 265 vehicles, comprising 200 military pick-ups, 30 civil pick-ups, 20 ambulances and 15 buses equipped with communication gadgets to the military at the Burma Camp.