Commissioner of Police (COP) in charge of Legal and Special Duties, Mr George Asiamah, on Friday urged the police to make the police station people-friendly and a safe haven for justice and security.
“…we must be courteous to members of the public who visit our police stations and police offices and do away with time wasting ploys and tactics; and above all make police stations people-friendly, a safe haven for justice and security; and not a place where the citizenry shudder or dread to go,” he said.
Mr Asiamah said this at the passing out of 151 police recruits at the Volta Regional Police Training School in Ho.
He told the new personnel to avoid using their uniform to intimidate and extort money from the public but rather uphold the rule of law and use force appropriately and legally.
Mr Asiamah asked them not to give room to negative tendencies that serve to erode the confidence of the public in the Service and eschew bribery and corruption, arrogance and brutality while they respect the human rights of people irrespective of the individual's public status.
He urged them to abide by the “golden rule-do unto others as you would have them do unto you” therefore should treat people with respect, sensitivity and fairness.
Mr Asiamah said the Police Administration had embarked upon a “root and branch approach” to tackle indiscipline, misconduct and any act of malfeasance that serve as a stumbling block to efforts at providing quality service to the public and asked personnel especially the recruits to be forewarned.
He urged new personnel to be imbued with professional zeal, commitment to duty and loyalty to be able to fight a host of new crimes that are scientifically and technologically oriented.
They went through seven months of training and studied Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Investigations, Law of Evidence and Police Studies.
They were also taken through liberal subjects such as Social Psychology, Criminology, and Police Ethics among others.
General Recruit Prah Mensah Clement Kojo emerged the all round best recruit.