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10.01.2005 General News

IGP calls for public assistance

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Accra, Jan. 10, GNA- The Inspector General of Police, Nana Owusu-Nsaih on Monday said the Police Administration has embarked upon various projects that would enhance the performance and image of the Service, some of which he said were the expansion of regional and district offices as well the headquarters.

He said that the construction of staff quarters and offices at both regional and district levels of the Service would be one of the top priorities on the list of their agenda for the year and appealed to all stakeholders to assist the Service to enhance its performance. Mr Owusu-Nsaih was speaking to the Media after he had taken delivery of 554 bags of cement and 573 pieces of iron rods from the UNICEF to assist in the construction of a secretariat for the Women and Juvenal Unit of the Service.

The IGP said the Police needed much public assistance and cooperation to be able to operate effectively.

"We are ever ready to defend innocent citizens, the nation and further ensure peace and unity but since the Government alone cannot provide all of the Service's requirements, it is critical that you all get involved to enable it to deliver better services, " he said. He reiterated his call to the public to report wrong doers to the Police for prompt action.

Mrs Elizabeth Dassah, Superintendent of Police in Charge of WAJU, said the Unit was working under pressure and amidst much restricted finance and expressed the hope that the public would complement government's effort to secure the welfare of women and children by contributing to the Unit's ongoing project.

She said out of the more 30,000 cases recorded at the Unit last year, about 50 per cent were cases of non-maintenance of children. She therefore stressed the need to establish more tribunals to handle cases of child abuse and neglect.

Mrs Dassah said due to lack of office space and accommodation at the current WAJU Headquarters in Accra, most reported cases were being handled in the public rather than confidentially.

She said, "organizations that want a strong public image must identify itself with the WAJU for effective projection." 10 Jan. 05

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