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General News of Sunday, 11 February 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Government to install CCTVs at police stations - Bawumia

Government has announced plans to install Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) at police stations spread across all 216 districts in the country.

Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia announced the initiative as part of efforts to retool the Police Service and enhance security at police posts.

The promise follows reports of heightened attacks on personnel of the police service.

A gang of criminals recently attacked the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters, killing the officer on duty, and freeing some seven remand prisoners.

The incident raised concerns about safety at police posts, with many criticising the government for failing to adequately equip the Service.

Current figures show that from 2016 to January 2018, 17 police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The total number of police deaths from 2013 to date stands at 48.

“Negotiations have just been completed for the rollout of Phase 2 of the Alpha Project which will involve the deployment of 8,700 CCTV cameras in all 216 districts with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. In line with our plans to equip the Police better, at least 1,000 new vehicles will be procured for the service this year.

“Already two hundred pick-up vehicles have been allocated with two hundred salon vehicles to be delivered in six weeks’ time with more to come,” the Vice President promised when he delivered a speech on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo at a ceremony to pass out new Police Cadets.

The Vice President did not, however, give timelines for the implementation of the initiative to install the CCTVs.

Government has also announced plans to allocate GH¢800 million to the Police Service to boost their operations.