The Volta Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police
(DCOP) Guyiri Dery, has called on personnel of the Ghana Police Service
not to display political association and sentiments towards any
political party since such behaviour could compromise their integrity
as peace keepers.
we may have our affiliations to some political parties, we must guard
against the tendency to openly display such political association and
sentiments, since such behaviour could compromise our integrity as
peace keepers", he stated.
Speaking at a joint security briefing
in Koforidua last week, Mr Dery said "if any election should be
credible and peaceful, major players such as the security agencies and
the Electoral Commission should be seen as neutral and effective".
neutrality, he noted, would help maintain their integrity, which if
compromised would undermine the public’s confidence in the outcome of
the elections, he stated.
The meeting which was aimed at
creating a platform for personnel of the service to deliberate on
pertinent security problems facing both the Eastern and the Volta
regions was attended by regional, divisional and district police
commanders and officers of the two regions.
Concerns such as
general security, preparations for the December elections, traffic
management, internal disciplinary matters and how to win public
goodwill to compliment police efforts were discussed.
Regional Police Commander said since the security agencies,
particularly the police, played an important role in the conduct of
peaceful and fair elections, any untoward ad on their part could
seriously diminish the public’s confidence in the outcome of such
He said as peace keepers , the public looked up to
them for the conduct of a violence-free and credible elections, so they
should refrain from associating- with any political party, either by
standing or sitting on their political platforms or carrying their
He reminded the personnel that due to the
competent role they played in the conduct of a number of violence-free
elections in the past, several countries on the African continent and
other parts of the world had always requested their presence during
their election processes.
For his part, the Eastern Regional
Police Commander, ACP George Anko-Bil, said despite the success chalked
up in the reduction of crime, a number of negative factors such as
chieftaincy and land disputes, armed robbery, illegal mining and
chainsaw operations as well as the unrestrained activities of nomadic
herdsmen had undermined such security gains.
He gave the
assurance that criminals and miscreants who "will deny the people their
freedom will be pursued and brought to book".
pointed out that police officers whose actions would dent the image of
the service would be smoked out to restore the reputation of the
service, adding "this will ensure self-discipline and respect that the
people are crying for".
He called on the public to volunteer information that could lead to the arrest of criminals in society.
Source: Daily Graphic