‘Growing indiscipline in Police Service worrying’
The Director General of Police (Technical), Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr Frank Adu-Poku, has raised serious concerns about the growing indiscipline amongst personnel within the service.
He said unlike in the past when discipline was the hallmark of personnel, the current situation was appalling.
Speaking at the inauguration of a 16-member Ashanti Regional Police Management Board in Kumasi yesterday, Mr Adu-Poku said, ‘Things are getting out of control, especially amongst the men.’
He was, however, swift to warn that the police administration would not countenance negative acts that would derail the confidence the people had in the service.
Ashanti Region is the fourth in the country to have a police management board after Western, Central and Tema regions.
The board is to enforce law and order, promote discipline within the service and ensure the effective management of human, material and financial resources allocated to the police in the region.
The management board, made up of senior officers in the region, is chaired by the Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Augustine Gyening.
It would, among other things, see to the implementation of policy decisions taken at headquarters.
Mr Adu-Poku said the focus of the service today was ‘proactive policing’ where nothing would be left to chance in the quest to make all sectors of the nation feel the positive impact of the police.
It was in that regard that, he noted, the police administration was implementing policies tailored at achieving the transformation all desired.
He asked the board not to be capricious in the exercise of its powers, so that it would win the confidence of other personnel in the region.
Mr Adu-Poku also touched on the ‘political colourisation’ permeating the service and said it was a dangerous development that must be checked at all cost.
He said in the police today, a strategy adopted by some personnel to destroy their colleagues was to link them to one political party or another.
He described the practice as shameful and indicated that it was not helping the Police Service in any way.
In a welcome address, Mr Gyening said the security situation in the region had improved appreciably in recent times.
‘The situation is appreciable, with crime rate on the lower side,’ he said.
While commending the government and the police administration for the tremendous support given to the regional command, Mr Gyening said there were still some challenges that needed to be addressed.
These included residential accommodation and inadequate number of personnel, and expressed the hope that a look would be taken at them.
By Kwame Asare Boadu/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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