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Benson B. Katapila
2002-08-02 12:07:17

Police Service To Be Reformed

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A project aimed at making the Ghana Police Service a more efficient, accountable and honest state institution, responsive to the needs of a changing democratic society has been commissioned at a ceremony in Accra. It is also aimed at helping the service to attain its defined role of crime prevention and ensuring peace, stability and security in the country. The project further seeks to develop appropriate institutional capacity to improve service delivery, public accountability and credibility in the sector as well as design a consistent policy framework to improve service delivery in the safety and security sector.

It is also designed to establish a Police Improvement Team (PIT) to serve as the agent to lead the envisaged change processes within the service. It is under a Government of Ghana and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Thematic Trust Fund (TTF) and Ghana Police Service Reform Project.

The project falls under the purview of the Ghana Government Democratic Governance Programme, while the African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR), a non-governmental security research organisation, is the technical consultant.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Nana Owusu-Nsiah, called for greater collaboration between the public and the service to ensure success in the fight against crime.

He said it was high time the society guarded against creating animosity between itself and the service and develop a positive attitude to help the police to respond to the changing times.

Nana Owusu-Nsiah stated that many years of neglect of constant attacks on police personnel, and poor service conditions, have greatly undermined the authority with which police personnel work.

He said while it is important that the service is put on its toes and corrected where necessary, such criticisms should be circumspect since as a security institution, any scheme that can undermine it will spell the doom of the organisation.

Nana Owusu-Nsiah said the aura around the police officer in the past has been broken and conceded that police personnel have not made things better by the way and manner they dress, comport themselves and above all, how they conduct and discharge their duties.

He welcomed the programme of reforms and expressed the hope that personnel of the service will respond appropriately to the changes taking place and “earn the respect they rightly deserve”.

The Resident Representative of the UNDP, Mr Alfred Sallia Fawundu, said a recent study on the overview of the service undertaken by the ASDR demonstrates that the service is not only suffering from an acute lack of public confidence and trust but also that the “service increasingly perceives itself as ‘orphaned’, haunted, under attack and lacking morale”.

He said although part of the problems facing the service is directly related to the lack of financial resources, the other side of the problem is largely organisational. Mr. Fawundu said the security institutions were excluded from extensive reforms of the Public and Civil Service and said the issue of reforming the security institutions in general and the police in particular, only gained grounds recently.

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