SoNA2018: GHC800m for police choppers, drones

General News of Thursday, 8 February 2018

Source: classfmonline.com

2018-02-08

President Akufo-Addo hinted plans by his government to furnish the police service with resources

President Nana Akufo-Addo has disclosed that government has allocated some GHS800 million for the Ghana Police Service to procure policing equipment to fight crime.

In addition, government is making plans to procure vehicles, helicopters and drones for the law enforcement agency.

“An initial amount of GH¢800 million is being made available to procure and supply, within the next six months, critical, modern policing equipment and gadgets to enhance the capacity of the police to enforce law and order,” Nana Akufo-Addo said in his second State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, February 8.

He explained that it was time for law enforcement strategies to be modernized, hence, “in the medium to long-term, we will purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police combat violent and environmental crime”.

The President said successful renegotiation of existing contracts has enabled government to purchase, forthwith, 100 vehicles for the police, and government is looking at strengthening the police intelligence unit.

Nana Akufo-Addo further disclosed moves by government to improve the working conditions and service package for the Ghana Police Service.

“The perennial problems associated with police accommodation will be tackled, and a compensation package introduced to cover officers in their line of duty. We shall not allow miscreants of any sort to terrorise our population; and I promise that there will be no hiding place for criminals. I am certain that the interventions we are introducing will boost morale in the service, and I urge the House and all citizens to support the police to deliver the service we deserve.

”The law enforcement agencies will crack down very hard on all those who would disturb the peace of our nation.

“The police, the prosecution services and the judiciary owe it to all of us to make us feel and be safe. I do not need to repeat that crime wears no political colours, and I am certain that message has gone down to all,” he explained.

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