The Ghana Police Service has trained 365 police personnel drawn from the 10 regions, to form an anti-violence advocacy group, to combat violence and crimes in the run up to the general election and thereafter.
Superintendent of Police, Adofiem Raymond Wejong, the Director of Counter Terrorism, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Bolgatanga that the training was aimed at strengthening the capacities of the personnel to be able to deal with hardened criminals across the country.
“The training, also aimed at developing an attitude for the personnel to be anti-violence advocates, therefore, means that they themselves do not have to be violent. They could face any violent situation but deal with it in a manner that will not affect innocent people,” he said.
Supt. Wejong said the police had also educated people in Bolgatanga, Pwalugu, Paga and Navrongo on the need to aviod violence and cautioned that anyone caught engaging in violence would be dealt with according to the law.
Asked how the advocacy group would regard the activities of political vigilante groups, he said vigilantes were supposed to be people who were vigilant, law abiding and to report any bad deeds to the Police to deal with.
“Anyone who commits any act of violence in the name of any political party or under any cover is a common criminal and we will deal with such individuals as common criminals and not as political vigilantes,” Supt Wejong said.
He urged the media to lead the anti-violence advocacy and support the Police to ensure law and order.
The Upper East Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Simon Afeku, speaking to the trained personnel, said peace was an attribute given by God and should be maintained.
He said the police service which non-partisan, would discharge its duties with a high sense of professionalism, and to be crusaders of anti-violence campaign.
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