EVEN THOUGH there is an administrative policy for police personnel to rent their accommodation for the police administration to reimburse as part of measures to mitigate the housing deficit facing the service, investigations conducted by the Daily Heritage reveal that the police command has flouted its own ground rules.
Hundreds of the men in black who have rented buildings with monies borrowed from the banks and family due to the acute accommodation challenges in the Brong Ahafo region have not been paid for months, thereby, leaving the arrears to run into millions of cedis.
The paper also learnt that such investigative apparatus as cameras, scanners, printers among other equipment are in short supply in the region.
“This adversely affects our activities as law enforcers.
We sometimes use our phone cameras to take pictures when we go to crime scenes,” they blurted out.
According to some aggrieved officers who spoke to the paper under strict condition of anonymity, their creditors particularly the banks are tormenting their lives following the delays in the payment of their debt.
“There are a lot of personnel whose rent arrears have run into months and have not been paid by the regional police command,” they intimated.
Checks by the Daily Heritage reveal that a four-storey building which was being constructed to house the police in the region has been abandoned at Abesim due to lack of funding.
With the utter neglect of the facility, over grown weeds and reptiles have taken over the storey building.
Meanwhile, at a time when pan latrines have been outlawed in the system, the police in Jamasi in the Sekyere District of the Ashanti region are left with no option than to use the traditional system of easing themselves.