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Regional News of Sunday, 27 July 2014

Source: GNA

Police urged to act in accordance with law

Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr Prosper Kwame Agblor, Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has urged personnel of the service to be professional and conduct themselves in accordance with the law.

He said the work ethics of the police, especially personnel of the CID in contemporary times, had changed in conformity to human rights and respect for fundamental rights of citizens saying “Arrest and detentions must be done in accordance with the law.”

COP Agblor said this in Tamale on Friday during the closing of a two-week training programme to build the capacity of 146 CIDs on modern policing in the Northern Region.

The training formed part of on-going restructuring and reforms by the police administration to ensure standardized performance, hence selected topics on criminal law, identification methods, arrest, detentions and searches were treated.

COP Agblor said it was important for the detectives to be well equipped with crime scene management and investigative skills to enable them to perform to international standards.

He advised the personnel to refrain from meddling in civil cases and to demonstrate respect for human rights, stressing that, “We should avoid corrupt practices in the discharge of our duties.”

He appealed to the public to volunteer information to the police to assist in fighting crime, noting that, modern policing was a shared responsibility. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi, Deputy Northern Region Police Commander welcomed the training, saying it would impact positively on the work of the police since the CID was one of the most important units of the service.

He urged the personnel to make good use of the knowledge acquired to give the police administration a positive image in the eyes of the public through quick and prompt actions against suspects.

Superintendent Peter Apudiit Abillah, Northern Region Crime Officer, commended the police administration for conducting the training programme and assured everything taught them would be put to good use.

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