By Godfred Polkuu, GNA
Sept. 11, GNA – The Ghana Police Service has trained 365 police personnel drawn
from the 10 regions to form an anti-violence advocacy group to combat violence
and other crimes in the run up to the general election and thereafter.
Police, Adofiem Raymond Wejong, the Director of Counter Terrorism, told the
Ghana News Agency in an interview in Bolgatanga that the training was aimed at
preparing and toughening up the personnel to be able to deal with hardened
criminals across the country.
He said 30
personnel were drawn from each of the 11 Police Regions, including the Tema
Region, and they were equipped with the requisite skills to make them more
disciplined, firm, tough and fearless.
“The training, also
aimed at developing an attitude in the men to be anti-violence advocates,” he
means that they themselves do not have to be violent. They could face any
violent situation but deal with it in a manner that will not affect innocent
Supt Wejong said
within the three weeks, they were able to educate people in Bolgatanga,
Pwalugu, Paga and Navrongo against violence and cautioned that anyone caught in
the act of violence would be dealt with according to the law.
Asked how the
advocacy group would regard the activities of political vigilante groups, the
Director said vigilantes were supposed to be people who were vigilant, law
abiding and to report any bad deeds to the Police to deal with.
“Anyone who commits
any act of violence in the name of any political party or under any cover is a
common criminal and we will deal with such individuals as common criminals and
not as political vigilantes,” he said.
He called on the
media to lead in the anti-violence advocacy and continue to support the Police
to paint a good picture of the peaceful attitudes that were required of
everybody to ensure a peaceful election this year.
The Regional Police
Commander, DCOP Simon Afeku, speaking to the trained personnel, said peace was
an attribute given by God and should be maintained.
He said the police
were non-partisan and would discharge their duties with a high sense of
professionalism and urged the officers to be crusaders of anti-violence.
He called on the
general public to exercise tolerance and use dialogue to settle disputes.