The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor, yesterday reiterated the commitment of the Ghana Police Service to maintain law and order during the December 2016 general election and beyond.
He said, “the police is set to collaborate with all stakeholders such as the Electoral Commission, political parties, media, traditional leaders, clergy, National Peace Council, the National Commission on Civic Education and civil society organisations.
The police chief made these remarks during his induction ceremony as the 21st IGP of the Republic of Ghana at the Police Church in Accra.
The event brought together government officials, members of the Council of State, members of the Police Council, clergy, traditional leaders, among other dignitaries.
Speaking on some of the achievements of the police administration, Mr. Kudalor indicated that he has issued directives that would repose confidence in the police service.
“The administration has introduced a few initiatives to further position the service on a better pedestal to deliver,” he stressed.
He added that, his team had introduced ‘the Open–door policy, where all officers on a dedicated day, Thursday, can walk straight to his office to seek his audience and make contributions for the development of the service.
Mr. Kudalor bemoaned the recent incidents of unprofessional conduct of few policemen, adding that, all miscreants arrested would face the full rigours of the law.
“The administration will not shield any defaulting policeman or woman, much in keeping with the public reaffirmation programme launched in 2014 to check unprofessional conduct of personnel,” he said.
He however disclosed that members of the patrol team that combated their compatriots before their arrest have been promoted to higher ranks for their bravado and efforts.
In his sermon, the Very Reverend Fr. George Arthur advised the IGP and his management to seek the guidance of God in administering the police service.
He added that, the failure of his leadership could lead to many challenges in ensuring peace in the country, stressing, ‘the failure of our public servants means the citizenry has failed as a country”.
The peace of this country, according to Very Reverend Arthur was paramount to the development of Ghana, and therefore urged the IGP and his outfit to work assiduously to maintain or improve on it.
“All Ghanaians look up to you as an institution and other security services to maintain peace and order,” he stressed.
By Abigail Annoh