The Inspector General of Police (IGP) is being urged to act radically to clean up the police service – rid the service of the bad guys, who are in league with criminals.
The Asantehene, Otrumfuo Osei Tutu II, says there is no doubt that there are good and highly dedicated police officers, doing a fantastic job to keep the society safe and peaceful, nobody should however, run away from the fact that there are criminal elements in the service, whose conduct tend to create image problems for the police as an institution.
The police boss was at the seat of the Asantehene to pay a courtesy call on him at the start of his official visit to the Ashanti Region.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu noted that some of the police officers were involved with criminals and that was causing the public to distrust them.
There are people in there who have been protecting criminals, which should not be so. “We know that there are very good police officers, who are working hard to fight crime, but the harsh reality is that there are also few others who indulge in criminal activities.”
The Asantehene in his usual “say it as it is” attitude, point out that the conduct of the bad guys out there - instances where ammunition given to some of them to protect life and property, was used to engage in robbery and other criminal activities had become a scar on the image of the police service.
He therefore encouraged the IGP to take decisive steps to purge the police service of any undesirable elements to win public trust and confidence.
The call by the Asantehene could not have come at a better time, given the lawlessness and impunity of some of the law enforcement officers.
A former senior police officer, just last week, was sentenced by a court to a fine of Ghs24,000 and banned from obtaining driving license for knocking down and killing a-two and-a-half year-old girl, with his uninsured vehicle at a police barracks, where he was the commander.
He also did not even have a driving license. IGP Dampare underlined his unswerving determination to carry out the necessary reforms to enhance professionalism.
He was eager to work with zeal to strengthen the foundation of the police service.
“With God on our side, we want to ensure that whoever succeeds this administration will have a better police service to work with.”
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