69 Police Officers interdicted … for involvement in criminal activities

MOHAMMED ALHASSAN (IGP) (7)Sixty-nine personnel of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), five of them women, were inter-dicted by the Police Adminis-tration, for their involvement in criminal and other activities, last year.

Their offences included robbery, fraud, bribery, abuse of power, non-compliance with service orders, disrespect of officers, absence from duty and divulging of information.

The affected personnel were three Deputy Superintendents, one Assistant Superintendent, one Chief Inspector, one Inspector, seven Sergeants, four Corporals, nine Lance Corporals, and 20 Constables.

The Director-General of the Public Affairs, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) David Nenyi Ampah Bennin, told The Ghanaian Times in Accra that the interdicted personnel were either on trial or facing service enquiry.

He said the Police Administration has embarked on a vigorous image control programme to regain public trust.

DCOP Ampah Bennin said the police would not shield police officers who misconduct themselves, and ensure that the bad nuts are weeded out, adding that monitoring units have been established across the country to check the negative activities of personnel.

“The monitoring units have been tasked to move from one point to the other to check whether officers are working in line with the profession,” he said and appealed to the public to report any officer who indulges in any unprofessional conduct, through the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS) for consequent action to be taken on him/her.

The public could also reach the police on telephone numbers 18555 and 191.

DCOP Bennin urged personnel to wear their name tags and authority badges for easy identification and work hard to accomplish their goals. “Officers who excel in the discharge of their duties will be awarded,” he assured.

He again assured that the Police would continue to protect lives and property in the country.

By Anita Nyarko

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