Police Martyrs’ Day instituted

Mr. Mohammed Alhassan(IGP)being  assited by some guests  to water  the tree for work to commence on the Cenothaps. Photo. Maxwell K. BilsonNINIETEEN police officers were killed in the line of duty within two years. Ten of them were killed this year, while nine others lost their lives in the course of duty last year.

While some were murdered in the course, of effecting arrests, others were ambushed and killed. Others died in freak accidents and some were crashed to death, while directing traffic.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, disclosed these in Accra yesterday at the inauguration of Martyrs’ Day in honour of fallen police heroes.

Mr. Alhassan said though the personnel came from different backgrounds and families, they contributed immensely to both the Service and the nation.

“They have the quality of courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication and integrity to duty which deserve commendation and praise,” he said.

The IGP said many of those personnel did not ask to leave their loved ones and go to face armed gangs, and also did not do that voluntarily, but were called to be part of something bigger than themselves.

“These were ordinary police personnel who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme cases.”

“They responded to the call of the Service and citizens because they wanted to protect the society which had given them so much.”

The IGP paid glowing tribute to the departed personnel and their families, and announced that the last Thursday of November, every year, has been dedicated as Police Martyrs Day in memory of the fallen heroes.

The Director-General of Research, Planning and ICT of the Service, Commissioner of Police David Asante Apeatu said, the occasion was to honour the past and shape the future.

He said there were positive proofs by statistics of the dangers police officers faced daily while executing their duties, and that it has been decided to immortalise the names of the fallen officers on a memorial wall and have their names in the book of remembrance.

The occasion was also used to cut the sod for the construction of a cenotaph at the National Police Training School at Tesano, in remembrance of the personnel.

By Francis Asamoh Tuffour      


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