President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday presented 100 pick-up vehicles, 600 motorbikes and four Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles to the Ghana Police Service.
In addition, the President commissioned the National Police Headquarters facelift project.
He said the presentation of the equipment was evidence of his government’s commitment “to the continuous retooling of the Police, a responsibility my government takes very seriously”.
He added it is aimed at ensuring that the Police Service is adequately resourced to discharge its duties for the safety and security of the country. That, the President indicated, will also propel the growth of economic activity.
The logistics handed over by the President are to be used by the Formed Police Units (FPUs) in all regions of the country.
“Until recently, the FPU was only stationed in Accra. However, through support from government, the Unit was extended to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, and is and now being formed in all the other regions,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He revealed that all regions across the country are soon going to benefit from the services of this specialised unit, adding that the Regional FPUs would be spread across 140 bases in various communities in all the regions.
President Akufo-Addo urged the officers of the FPUs to undertake their duties with utmost professionalism. He also admonished them to “show love and civility to the communities you will be in, but, at the same time, do your work without fear or favour. Always remember that you are accountable to the good people of Ghana.”
He acknowledged the numerous renovations works ongoing within the Service, including rehabilitation works that had been carried out on the frontage and the immediate surroundings of the Police Headquarters.
“The landscaping around the entire building and on your premises will not go unnoticed. I dare say, if we were to rank all public buildings now, the Police Headquarters will most likely emerge as one of the best in terms of the appearance of the surroundings
“I must say when an environment looks this beautiful, it creates a sense of orderliness and discipline in the minds of its patrons. I commend the leadership of the Service for embarking on this renovation and facelift project,” he added.
Meanwhile, the President has assured the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, of his government’s unflinching support for the measures he is implementing to help build the Police Service Ghanaians want.
“We can all testify that, under your leadership, our Police Service is undergoing a great improvement and a change of image before our very eyes. Gradually, the Police have brought order to the roads, and we all now know that the law is no respecter of persons or vehicle types,” he stated.
He said he was aware of the several innovative measures deployed by the Police Administration to help improve security across the country.
The President noted that the specialised anti-robbery taskforces, spread across what used to be crime hotspots, had been very successful in reducing significantly violent crimes.