Posted: Tuesday 18th March 2014 at 13:42 pm

Era of police impunity over – IGP

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The era of police impunity is over, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Alhassan, has declared

“To all personnel of the service, the era where we acted with impunity is over,” the IGP told police personnel Tuesday at the launch of his one year Public Confidence Re-affirmation Campaign in Accra.

He said: “There should be no more excessive use of force, abuse of the rights of suspects, extortion of monies on roads and offices, demanding monies before granting bails, poor investigations/prosecution of cases and so on.

“Let me warn you that a mechanism has been put in place to swiftly receive such complains and investigate them”. 

Mr Alhassan also announced that an independent police complaint commission will be set up as part of efforts to restore public confidence in the police.

He said the commission will be a civilian oversight body within the ministry of the interior, which will assist in addressing police indiscipline and accountability.

The police service, the IGP announced, also plans to embark on a public sensitisation programme to educate the public on their rights as well as those of the police.

The establishment of a police public safety school to “take care of capacity needs” of police personnel is also on course, he added.

He called on all police personnel to support the implementation of the new initiatives, which he said are necessary to improve the image of the police in the eyes of the public.

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