Govt to provide special package for fallen police officers

Mr Ambrose Dery

Mr Ambrose Dery

The government is to provide a special package for service personnel who die in the line of duty.

Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times said the move was to ensure the families of fallen police officers live a comfortable life.

“We will be rolling out a new system that will take care of families of police personnel who fall whilst on duty. We already have a strategic plan going forward,” he added.

Speaking on the back of public criticism of government for setting up a GH¢550,000 Memorial Fund for the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama and doing little for the family of Lance Corporal Officer Robert Kumi Ackah who died within the same period, Mr Dery said fallen police officers were accorded state honour and recognition.

“The police has a memorial for fallen officers. All officers who die in the line of duty have their names put on,” he stressed.

The minister said the police administration currently has an existing system where it pays out GH¢5,000 for starters, adding that the ministry was looking at a foundation which would apply to all officers.

Explaining government’s decision to establish the fund for the family of the late soldier, Mr Dery said Major Mahama died as a “symbol of state”, saying that the outpour of love was spontaneous.

Just a day after Major Mahama was murdered on May 29 by a mob at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region, Lance Corporal Ackah of the Tamale Rapid Deployment Force, who was escorting an OA bus to Tamale was shot and killed by a police patrol team after they mistook him for an armed robber.

Just this week, another police man, Constable Micheal Kporyi, was shot dead while on patrol duty at Michel Camp in Accra.

By Claude Nyarko Adams

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