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29.01.2006 General News

Inspector General of Police inducted


Accra, Jan 29, GNA- The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Patrick Kwateng Acheampong, was on Sunday inducted into office at a ceremony held at the Ghana Police Church in Accra.

Conducting the rite of induction, the Most Rev. Dr. Robert Aboagye-Mensah, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, led the IGP to affirm his trust in God in the discharge of his duty and bore the consequences of his actions and omissions.

The Presiding Bishop reminded the Chief of Police that the position he occupied was a privilege and an opportunity to serve God and mankind. He said as a leader it was imperative to offer a service devoid of selfish and conceited interest, but rather he should use his rich experience and intelligence to the benefit of the vast majority of the people.

Rev. Aboagye-Mensah also preached on the theme: "A Leader Called to Serve God and a Nation" and urged leaders to live exemplary lives, worthy of emulation, which could pass every litmus test. He cited Samuel, as he acquitted himself perfectly and worn the trust and confidence of the people, saying the people did not find any guilt in him.

On the part King Saul, he refused to obey God and therefore led to his rejection by God and went for David, who was more affable and ready to accept his precepts.

"God seeks leaders whose hearts are right with inward character to commit themselves in the pursuit of honesty, integrity and dignity at all times and reject those who defies his ways," he stated. Rev Aboagye-Mensah told the Chief Police Officer that in the cause of executing his duty, persecutions and challenging would show up, saying, " but in the midst of all these, fear not for the lord will be with you".

He urged the IGP to treat all men with decency and respect in order to earn their trust and also be transparent and honest in his ways.

The presiding Bishop held that the Police Service could only survive and be relevant to society, if it was ready to go through sustained reformation.

Rev Aboagye-Mensah said the police administration's move to reform the service was a 'awesome responsibility' that required people with inward character, as well as divine guidance and direction. The service was attended by the Minister of Interior and his Deputy, Papa Owusu Ankomah and Capt. Rtd Nkrabea Effah Dartey, the various officers of the Police Service, as well as other dignitaries. 29 Jan 06