The Chief Director for the Ministry of the Interior, Mrs. Adelaide Anno-Kumi launched the 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Police Ladies Association (POLAS) at the Ghana Police Service Headquarters in Accra.

The one-month long celebration, which is on the theme: “Celebrating 70 years of Female Policing in Ghana, Her Evolution and Future”, brought together Police women and other women in sister law enforcement Agencies such as Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana National Fire Service, retired female police officers among others.

The Chief Director, who read a speech on behalf of the Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery, urged POLAS to support the Police Administration to stem the adverse tide within the Service for the Ghanaian citizenry to repose confidence and trust in the Service.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that through pragmatic, concrete and sustainable initiatives, you can foster partnership with the public to effectively combat crime and expose unethical conduct by some officers within the Police Service”, she added.

 Mrs. Adelaide Anno-Kumi noted that Ghana has over the years earned the accolade as a beacon of democracy and an oasis of peace and security in the sub-region and therefore, necessary measures will continuously be put in place to ensure that the Service perform its mandate by ensuring peace and security in the country.

The representative of the Inspector-General (IGP) at the ceremony, COP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, commended POLAS for its good work and admonished the members to continue to maintain and support the Transformation Agenda of the Ghana Police Service.

POLAS, which was made up of 12 women during its inception, was inaugurated in Accra in July 1989 with Regional branches. Currently, there are over 10,896 women in the Service, constituting about 28 percent of the total strength of the Ghana Police Service.