By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh |
The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh has paid glorious tributes to the heroic officers who died serving the country and vowed the Service would take measures to protect lives of officers in their line of duty.
Acting IGP Oppong-Boanuh who condemned the recent killing of law enforcers praised officers who died through diligently discharging their duty to mother Ghana.
According to him, the Service and the country as a whole would always honour their memories for their selfless services in combating and preventing crime in the country.
He also disclosed that the Ghana Police Service had taken delivery of some 4,500 bulletproof vests to protect officers from the increasing attacks from criminals in recent times.
In a spate of one month, 5 police officers had been killed while discharging their duties with the latest one being the killing on Wednesday, August 28 of two officers at Kasoa Budumburam in the Central region.
Witnesses said suspected robbers in an unregistered blue-black Toyota Camry from an area called Kasoa-Vodafone headed the Ofankor Bawjiase road failed to stop at a police snap checkpoint for which the police gave them a chase.
The suspected robbers then opened fire killing the two officers, Sergeant Michael Dzamesi and Lance Corporal Mohammed.
About a fortnight ago, two police officers were killed in the Eastern and Ashanti regions in their line of duty.
Earlier, on July 30, 2019, occupants of a saloon car believed to be armed robbers dressed in military-like uniforms, shot and killed a policewoman who signaled them to stop on the Kumbungu road in Tamale.
The Acting IGP was on Wednesday, delivering his welcome address at the opening of the 2019 National Police Command Conference at Sogakope in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.
The 3-day Conference themed, “Strengthening Discipline and Supervision for Effective Crime Control”, sought to enable the leadership of the Ghana Police Service and the Regional Commanders to meet and take stock of the vision and initiatives introduced into the Service and to map out strategies to effectively prevent, reduce and control crime.
Mr. Oppong-Boanuh encouraged officers to work effectively without fear assuring them that there would be continuous refresher courses to retool personnel in readiness to combat crime and advised the public to properly conduct themselves in the election year.
Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery pledged government’s support for the Service in crime fighting and called on personnel to disregard recent rumours on social media platforms of government’s decision to scrap the CAP 30 Pension Scheme.
Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa was happy for the choice of Volta Region for this year’s conference and underscoring the role of police and the need for peace and security, wished the Service a successful conference.