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30.03.2007 General News

Police offer reward for information

By Peter Abban

The Police administration has promised that relevant information which will lead to the arrest of criminals and also expose police officers who compromise their positions and indulge in unprofessional and/or corrupt practices will be rewarded.

The Administration states, "acts that drag the name of the service into disrepute will merit nothing, but outright administrative sanction.”

These were contained in an address the Deputy Commission of Police and Director General of Finance of the Police Service Andoh-Kwofie read at the passing out parade of 100 recruits at Koforidua on Wednesday.

He said a stern warning has been issued to all police personnel who indulge in practices and activities that drag the image of the Service into public ridicule and disrepute to desist from them as they would not be spared when they were caught.

Mr Andoh-Kwofie warned that there was no room for criminals and people with ulterior motives in the Service. Therefore, he said those who were joining the police to make money by extortion, bribery and other vices to turn a new leaf or resign in their own interest.

The Deputy Commissioner stressed the need for police and public cooperation in crime combat and prevention. But, DCOP Andoh-Kwofie stated that there could be no meaningful partnership unless the police officers behave responsibly, explaining that, “behaving rudely or violently towards the public should be a thing of the past.”

The Deputy Commissioner urged those passing out to adopt positive attitude towards work and exhibit professional qualities necessary for modern policing.

Informing them that they would be under 18 months probation, he said performance would be assessed during the period not only by the senior officers under whom they would serve and their colleagues, but also the general public.

DCOP Andoh-Kwofie advised them not to associate with deviants for the purpose of unlawful or unauthorised operations as these negative tendencies often bring the name of the Service into disrepute.

“You must be prepared to bring yourselves abreast with the norms and ethics, otherwise your hope of remaining in the service would be a mirage.”

Nyovure Abdul-Hackman was adjudged the overall best recruit.