President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has revealed that his administration would provide the police with the resources they need to execute their job.
To this effect, an initial amount of 800 million cedis is being made available to procure logistics and equipment to support and enhance the capacity of the police in enforcing law and order within the next 6 months.
These were made known by President Akufo-Addo during the 2018 State of the Nation Address held in Parliament on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
According to the President, the equipment which would include, one thousand (1,000) vehicles, motorbikes, and ammunition, is to facilitate visibility, mobility and improved responsiveness of the police to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful economic and social environment for Ghanaians to work and thrive.
He indicated that, the successful renegotiation of existing contracts has enabled government to purchase 100 vehicles for the Police already and promised to purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police combat violent and environmental crime in the medium to long term.
The President also noted that, modernised and properly equipped crime laboratories as well as the strengthening of the police intelligence unit will be set up to provide necessary support in the fight against crime .
“The crime laboratories will be modernised, and properly equipped to provide the necessary support. The police intelligence unit will also be strengthened. The perennial problems associated with police accommodation will be tackled, and a compensation package introduced to cover officers in their line of duty” President Akufo-Addo said.
The President reiterated his commitment to making Ghanaians and for that matter citizens, feel safe and called for effective cooperation with the Minister for the Interior in that respect.
“Mr Speaker, we shall not allow miscreants of any sort to terrorize our population; and I promise that there will be no hiding place for criminals. I am certain that the interventions we are introducing will boost morale in the service, and I urge the House and all citizens to support the police to deliver the service we deserve. The formidable Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, MP for Nandom, needs our effective co-operation to carry out his all-important functions” Akufo-Addo stressed.