New IGP cracks whip on errant police personnel

By Paul Nyojah Dalafu October 17, 2019 52565 245400 comments

The Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, has announced new measures aimed at instilling discipline in personnel of the Ghana Police Service.

The initiative follows mounting public concern about dwindling professionalism in the service.

In restoring confidence in the service, the IGP has therefore directed that all highway patrols, barriers, traffic duties and snap checks, among other schedules, be placed under the supervision of senior police officers.

The measures are outlined in a release to the media from the Police Service.

Check and monitor

According to the release, a special task force has been instituted to conduct periodic checks on the roads and will be interviewing drivers, passengers and other road users to collect further information on allegations of unprofessional conduct by police officers.

The IGP has also directed that the senior officers supervising duties should make themselves available to the public in order to receive complaints relating to extortion and claims of deliberate delays faced by motorists.

Senior officers on duty will also supervise and report on complaints of police officers publicly making political statements, which could compromise their neutrality as law-enforcement personnel.

Accountability

This, the IGP says, is to ensure police accountability on the highways, and assist efforts to deal with insecurity.

He urged members of the general public to remain calm, saying special numbers will be announced to enable them to send reports and feedback by way of clips and stills as evidence of unprofessional conduct by serving police.

For some time, members of the public have raised concerns about unprofessional conduct by individual police officers during official duties. The claims include allegations of extortion and pussyfooting on activities by cybercriminals.

The initiative is geared towards strengthening the officer corps and restoring credibility in the Police Service.

The release said that any officer caught violating the directives will be dealt with severely.

It stressed that any police officer caught carrying out a barbaric act will be met with the full force of the laws of this country.

James Oppong-Boanuh, Inspector General of Police

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