THE Director General (Technical) of the Ghana Police Service, K.D. Arthur, has cautioned the police, especially the newly trained, against the indiscriminate use of firearms without justification.
Reviewing the passing-out of 71 police general recruit at the Koforidua police training school here, he said that the police service has come under heavy criticism in recent times on the indiscriminate use of firearms in the service.
The police administration is trying its best to reverse the trend, he said.
Even though the general recruits are new in the police service, the public will be expecting more from them, before, during and after the election, as far as the protection of life, property and maintenance of law and order are concerned, he stated.
Mr Arthur therefore urged them to be neutral and impartial in all their dealings with the public at all times.
He told them that 2008 is a challenging year for the police and therefore they should try to avoid all sorts of negative practices in order to maintain and sustain the peaceful atmosphere the nation is currently enjoying on the continent of Africa.
Mr Arthur urged the police in general to try to protect and prevent themselves from the growing hostility on the cross-section of the public towards demonstrated systematic lawlessness of some police officers due to the abuse of discretion, corrupt practices and indiscriminate shooting practices resulting in the death of innocent citizens.
He said that the police administration expects that they exhibit a high sense of professionalism wherever they find themselves, advising that they should cooperate with the public, for whom they have vowed to serve, protect and depend on for assistance in the discharge of their duties.
He also appealed to the public to see the police and the other security agencies as co-pilots in their goal to fighting and protecting crime.
General recruit, Samuel Kofi Antwi, was adjudged the overall best recruit. Among those present at the programme was ACP George Mussa Anko-Bil, Eastern Regional Police Commander and the Deputy Regional Minster, J. K. Lamptey.