The police Administration has ordered the immediate interdiction of Lance Corporal Henry Addison of the Cape Coast Regional Office of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) for allegedly insulting the Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr Kobby Acheampong, on October 2, 2011 while he (the policeman) was on duty with seven others on the Accra-Cape Coast road.
The seven others who were on the road when the incident occurred were, however, asked to return to duty while investigations continued.
The decision by the Police Administration followed preliminary investigations conducted by the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS) into the alleged act of misconduct against the deputy minister.
Lance Corporal Addison, who was part of a team on snap check duties at Ekumfi Esaafa on the Cape Coast-Winneba road, was said to have verbally abused the deputy minister when he tried to advise the team on how they should carry out their duties.
According to the acting Director of the Police Public Affairs Directorate, DSP Cephas Arthur, the seven others had been asked to resume duties until investigations had been concluded.
An official statement issued by the Ghana Police Service on Monday, October 3, 2011 said eight MTTU personnel in Cape Coast were handed over to PIPS for investigations into their conduct, for allegedly insulting the minister.
Preliminary investigations into the incidence revealed that the deputy minister had advised against the location of a police speed checkpoint which was on the crest of a hill right into a valley because it could cause an accident.
It said Mr Acheampong, having made the observation, advised that the police to relocate to avoid an accident, but one of the policemen was said to have verbally attacked him; an act which was unbecoming of a police officer.
“The Police Service Regulations 1974 (LI880) Section 2 (E) clearly states that lack of civility to any member of the public by any police officer is a misconduct,” it said.
The statement said as part of the image cleansing campaign, the Police Administration had continuously called on the public to report any police officer who misconducted himself to PIPS for the necessary action.
Story by Ghana/Daily Graphic