We have enough raincoats

IMG_8498The Police Administration has denied reports that it does not have raincoats for its personnel to perform their duties during the raining season.

“There are over 6,000 raincoats currently in stock for distribution,” it said, adding that another consignment of 10,000 arrived at the Tema Port a month ago.

The Quartermaster-General of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Francis Emmanuel Doku, disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra in reaction to its yesterday’s front page story with the headline, “Police Lack Raincoats”.

He said over the past three years, the Service had supplied over 10,000 raincoats and reflective jackets to personnel, especially those in the Motor Traffic and Transport Department and the Visibility Patrol Unit.

“We have supplied the bulk to the National MTTD for distribution to the regions, districts, divisions and units for the personnel,” he said.

ACP Doku mentioned beneficiaries of the raincoats this year, as the training schools nationwide, 1,948, and the National Patrol Department (Visibility), 2,338.

The MTTD in Accra received 339 raincoats last year.

He said last year, three benevolent organisations donated raincoats to the service which had been distributed to the MTTD.

“We have enough raincoats which we have been issuing periodically”, he stated, adding, “their life span is four years after which they are replaced”.

The Head of Public Relations of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Authur, and ACP Doku, who took the Times round the stores, said the service had records to show that it had enough raincoats for distribution to the various units of the service.

The Ghanaian Times yesterday published a statement by the Staff Officer of the MTTD, that the enforcement of road traffic regulations in the Greater Accra Region during this raining season, would be a “difficult” task for personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department because they do not have raincoats.

DSP Samuel Sasu-Mensah said the department, which needed about 1,200 raincoats for personnel working in the Greater Accra Region alone, could not boast of a single raincoat.

By Anita Nyarko

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