President Mills commends police, warns against complacency in combating crime
Accra, Dec. 11, GNA - President John Evans Atta Mills on Friday
commended the Ghana Police Service for working hard to reduce crime in
He however urged them not to be complacent in combating crime and
He stressed that the successes chalked out so far in dealing with crime
should not engender any false feeling of complacency and contentedness.
Addressing a colourful and smart turn out of the 42nd Cadet Officers
Graduation ceremony of the Ghana Police College in Accra, President Mills
expressed Government's support to the Service for combating crime,
especially armed robbery.
"I must say Government is extremely pleased with the way the Police
Service is combating crime headlong, especially armed robbery, and I commend
the IGP (Inspector General of Police) and his team for the work being done,"
President Mills said.
The President conferred the Presidential Commission on the 128
graduates, including 15 women, and four from the Liberia National Police.
The Commission grants the Cadet Officers entry into the Senior Officer
Corps of the Police Service, with the rank of Assistant Superintendent of
Police in their respective countries after six month's training at the Ghana
Police College at Tesano in Accra.
The President told the gathering, witnessed by the IGP, the top
hierarchy of the Service, ministers of state and relatives of the graduates
that there must be no room for criminals to operate with impunity.
President Mills said it was the resolve of Government to ensure that
all officers and men of Ghana's Security Services were given the requisite
training relevant to the professional discharge of their duties.
Government is also working assiduously towards improving the necessary
logistics to enable the Service function at an optimal level.
President Mills assured the Officers and Men of the Police Service that
Government's commitment to boosting their morale would not be short-lived.
He added that Government supported the Police Administration's
Strategic Policy Initiative to train and retrain personnel to constantly
build capacity to be abreast of modern methods of law-enforcement.
"As a nation, we cannot afford to rely on outdated methods of law
"Government therefore totally supports the Police Administration's
drive to make training and re-training a top priority," President Mills
He observed that there was a renewed sense of confidence in the manner
in which the Police Service was operating and urged the new officers to join
the IGP and the Police Administration to continue to give a new positive
image to the Service.
President Mills directed the IGP and the Police High Command to put in
place adequate proactive measures and specialised units to deal with
criminals that would emerge as a result of the oil find.
The President, who was once the Chairman of the Ghana Police Council,
gave a pat on the shoulders of the Ghana Police personnel on peace-keeping
missions at the UN and the AU International Peace Keeping operations in
various parts of the world, especially Darfur.
"Government is committed to re-sourcing the Security Services to carry
out their mandated tasks and continue to bring glory to Ghana, President
He added that Government was also taking pragmatic and concrete steps
to provide more suitable accommodation to the Police Service.
President Mills reiterated, as stated in the manifesto of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), that Government would not compromise on tackling
the illicit drug trade, and called on the Police to continue to be engaged
in the exercise of making Ghana an unattractive destination for the trade.
The President asked the new officers to be impartial, non partisan,
firm and fair in the execution of their duties, and be leaders who would
inspire their subordinates.
Cadet Officer John Atanga was adjudged the best at the parade, which
was under the command of Cadet Officer Emmanuel Dade.