The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, has commended the Western Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye and personnel of the command for working tirelessly over the period to make the region one of the safest in the country.
According to the IGP, despite the discovery of oil with its attendant security and social challenges, the regional police command in collaboration with the various stakeholders had ensured peace in the region.
He, therefore, called on personnel of the regional police command to continue to work as a team in order that they might be able to meaningfully support the successful implementation of the reforms and restructuring policy initiatives in the police service.
The IGP, a former Western Regional Police Commander, gave the commendation during the inauguration of the maiden Western Regional Police Management Board at a colourful ceremony at Sekondi.
The six-member Police Management Board which had the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Boakye as its chairman, would be directly responsible to the office of the IGP on matters of enforcement of the law and order as well as discipline in the region.
Other members of the Board include ACP Kwame Tachie Poku, Deputy Regional Commander; Supt James Kofi Abraham, Regional Crime Officer; ACP Paul Kofi Ayittey, Divisional Commander of Tarkwa; Supt Godson Asare Nyarko, Divisional Commander of Sefwi-Wiawso and Ins Helena Apprey, representative of the other ranks.
Members of the board would among other things implement the management policy decisions made by the IGP in respect of the work, conduct, welfare and related matters of the personnel in the region.
They would also ensure the collective management of human, material and financial resources allocated to the region in an effective and efficient manner so as to ensure the attainment of regional policing objectives.
He noted that the Police Administration was committed to a paradigm shift in law enforcement activities, underpinned by proactive policing strategies, effective combat of violent crime, effective mobilization and deployment of human and material resources among others.
Mr Alhassan stressed that it was incumbent on every police officer to work towards the creation of congenial atmosphere in which all persons, irrespective of class or status, could go about their legitimate pursuits of life without fear or any hindrance.
“I want to assure members of the board that they have my total support and that of the Police Administration in your work. We shall do everything possible within the constraints to provide you with the needed resources,” he added.
DCOP Kofi Boakye also praised the IGP for the various initiatives aimed at improving the image of the Ghana Police.
He mentioned the visibility and accessibility policy introduced in the police and stressed that the regional police command shared in the vision of the IGP adding “ we’ll continue to keep the peace under the ambit of the law.”