‘Police Service Must Create New Image’

A RETIRED senior police officer, Chief Superintendent Reverend Kofi Okodie Abayie, has advised police personnel in the country to take a cue from the current crisis in the Service to change their attitudes so as to redeem the image of the Police Service.

The Ghana Police Service has received an intense public bashing in the past few weeks following a major recruitment scam involving some top officers who are currently on interdiction. This has occurred at a time the Service has been tagged the number one most corrupt public institution in the country.

However, C/Supt (Rtd) Rev Abayie, Chaplain of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Church, said the Service could take advantage of the public criticisms to clean its house and be transformed to become one of the most respected public institutions in Ghana.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE on Sunday, March 22 during the Quarterly Regional Police Church Parade in Sunyani, the retired senior officer, who doubles as the Regional Chairman of the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO), said the recent happenings in the Service are a worry to him and NARPO, which held a national meeting recently to deliberate on them.

Using the analogy of the biblical Zacchaeus, a notorious tax collector and a cheat who changed his bad ways after his encounter with Jesus Christ, C/Supt (Rtd) Rev Abayie advised personnel of the Service who indulge in unprofessional practices such extortion and bribery, to turn a new leaf to save the image of the Police Service.

According to him, the Service has an enviable reputation to protect saying, ‘Majority of police officers don’t take bribes. I was a police officer for over 40 years and never took a bribe.’

Earlier, a consultant gynecologist at the Sunyani Regional Hospital, Dr JB Fordjour, had advised the congregants – made up of personnel and their spouses – to take good care of their bodies and health by desisting from smoking, alcoholism and immorality so as to remain strong to discharge their mandate.

Dr Fordjour recounted a number of instances where cases involving some personnel at the hospital were smoking and alcoholism, causing extensive damages to their kidneys and livers.

FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani

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