The Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery on Thursday, 20th August, 2020 commissioned a new four-storey office complex for the Cantonment Divisional Police headquarters in Accra.
The multifaceted building is to house the Cantonments Police Station which comprise of the Divisional and District Police Commands and the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) offices as part of government’s effort to resolve the logistic constraints of the Ghana Police Service.
Mr. Ambrose Dery, stated that government was determined in partnering with appropriate stakeholders in solving the accommodation and logistical constraints of the security services.
“Since coming into office, government has supplied over 700 vehicles to the Police Service with many more on the way,” he added.
The Interior Minister disclosed that government had acquired three helicopters for police operations with six personnel currently undergoing aviation and flying training in South Africa, adding that
the officers have successfully completed their training, and were due to return soon.
“An Air Wing Unit has been formed at the Ghana Police Service to take care of the aviation needs of the service, “he said.
He, therefore, urged the personnel of the Police Service to ensure maintenance culture to prolong the lifespan of the building.
Ghana Government signed a public-private partnership agreement in 2008, between the Ghana Police Service, Goldkey Properties Limited and Alema Properties for the construction of a residential accommodation for the GPS at Cantonments Barracks in Accra.
The first phase included the design and construction of seven (7) modern housing units which consist of forty-two (42) apartments. This was to replace the twenty-two (22) small bungalows which were being occupied by Senior Police Officers around the Cantonments Rangoon Lanes.
The Second phase of the project involved the redevelopment of the existing Police Station on the Cantonments road and its surroundings into a modern station with both female and male cells and other complementary offices.
The Third Phase included the redevelopment of modern high class residential and commercial buildings in line with the Government’s plan to redevelop some portions of Accra into a modern state – of -the – art residential and commercial facilities.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh, in his welcome address, commended the government for its commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of personnel of the service.
The IGP commended past IGPs for their contribution towards the building project.
Mr. Oppong-Boanuh assured the public that the Ghana Police Sservice was taking steps to ensure peace during the December 7 polls, and called for the collaboration of relevant stakeholders in ensuring security in the country.
The four-storey Office Complex is made up of general offices, a male and female cell, as well as a juvenile cell, an armoury, conference hall for training officer and a kitchen to help boost operation duties at the Command.