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17.04.2007 General News

IGP bans mobile phones

By myjoyonline

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Patrick K Acheampong, has issued a directive proscribing the use of mobile phones at the premises of the Police headquarters.

The Gye Nyame Concord newspaper says the directive is likely to stem the controversy surrounding the latest craze in secret recordings of high profile personalities by enthusiastic journalists and civilians.

In what security analysts believe is a direct response to the image redemption mission undertaken by the IGP, following the recent cocaine-related problems that have besieged the Police, any visitor to the police headquarters is made to surrender his/her mobile phone at the reception before being allowed to enter the main building.

However, DSP Kwesi Ofori, Deputy Director of Police Public Affairs, has rebuffed suggestions that the exercise is connected to the cocaine probes, concerning the secret recordings of some top Police officers and self-confessed drug barons.

He told the newspaper that the directive is not a new practice but like many sensitive institutions in the country, the service also has the same regulation banning the use of mobile phones on their premises.

According to him, the directive has been there for a very long time and that the new order is only a reinforcement to make it effective.

“The Police Service is not an exception from such institutions and that the practice has been there for a long time just that it has been reinforced to make it more effective,” he stressed.

DSP Ofori explained that the police is one of the most sensitive institutions of State that needs maximum peace and security to carry out its functions, stressing that the measure is only to ensure peace and security for the Police to function well.

He said a system has been put in place whereby visitors to the department leave their cell phones at the reception where the phones are tagged with numbers and a copy issued to the owner for collection at the end of his/her transaction at the department.

DSP Ofori said the directive has so far been effective since visitors to the department continue to comply with the ban.

He advised all visitors, especially the media to comply with this directive and not to see it as a means of restricting them so as to promote a healthy relationship between the two organizations.

DSP Ofori said since the directive was reinstituted nobody has ever had any difficulty of retrieving his phone from the reception.

He said the system put in place by the department is a very effective and reliable one and therefore hardly would such an incident occur.

Credit: Gye Nyame Concord