The new administration of the Ghana Police Service under the Inspector-General of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampare is being rated highly for the quality of engagement he’s made over the past months with stakeholders about their operations. Today, the IGP and his senior officers had a tight meeting with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to discuss critical issues regarding security and policing in Ghana.
Top among the personalities that honoured the call by Dr Dampare were; Franklin Cudjoe of IMANI Ghana, Prof Henry K. Prempeh of the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana, and Prof Ransford Gyampo. From the conduct of police personnel to general security matters, these learned scholars and respected heads of CSOs pounded Dr Dampare and his team with their concerns and issues worth considering making the Ghana Police a top-class state agency.
From the discussions that were carried out, the Police highlighted police-civilian relationships, human rights issues, election security, bribery and corruption. The latest issue about the abuse of traffic regulations by drivers of V8 vehicles and motorbike riders, which was earlier trumpeted by Prof Gyampo featured in the meeting.
Interestingly, the police-military operations and conduct of demonstrations became a matter of great concern. It might be a result of the recent Ejura riots and other deadly clashes that had resulted from street protests in the country.
Without taking fault with any criticism from the CSOs, Dr Dampare urged them to support his administration to succeed. He said welcomed any constructive criticisms and advice that would enable the police to correct any wrongdoing so that they could serve the citizenry better.
In the past, Civil Society Organisations have lamented the professional conduct of Police officers. One of such institutions is the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS), and some other security analysts like Adib Sanni, Adam Bonaa, and Emmanuel Sowatey have long held strong views about the conduct of some police officers and the disciplinary measures taken to address complaints of civil abuse and other cases levelled against them.
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