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11.12.2005 General News

Police Admin. to establish clinics in the regions

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Tamale, Dec. 11, GNA-The Police Administration would soon open two new clinics in Tamale and Wa to cater for the healthcare of the personnel and the general public. Recruitment exercises would be conducted to engage young and qualified health professional who were interested to join the Ghana Police Service in the two regions to man these facilities. Qualified personnel who were interested in the job should submit their applications to the Northern and Upper West Regional Police Commanders for consideration

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong announced this in Tamale on Saturday at a news briefing to round off his ten days tour of the Northern Region. The tour had offered him the opportunity to interact with the Police personnel to learn of their problems and challenges that were impeding their operations and welfare with the view to addressing them.

Mr. Acheampong also had the opportunity to explain the new administrative policies of the Ghana Police Service to the personnel, especially those in the rural communities during his rounds. He said it was the policy of the new administration to establish clinics in all the 10 regions to help promote quality healthcare of the personnel and those of their families.

The IGP commended the district assemblies and the local people in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions for providing structures for the Ghana Police Service to be used as police stations and residential accommodation. "This effort would help bring police activities closer to the people, especially in the area of providing security, law and order as well as human rights in the rural communities", he explained.

Mr. Acheampong appealed to district assemblies in the southern parts of the country to emulate those in the North to enhance security for the people, pointing out that it would be difficult to have police service if the assemblies and the local people failed to assist provide structures. He commended the Police personnel in the three northern regions for their commitment and dedication to duty even though they had been operating under constraints. "I am highly impressed about the prevailing peace in the three northern regions, especially the conflict zones where the people were co-existing peacefully, he said.

Mr. Acheampong announced that the Police Administration was going to decentralize its operations and as such, new divisional operational centres were going to be established throughout the country to facilitate the work of the Regional Police Commanders in administering the regions.