The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the Police Service will take supply of two (2) gazelle gentle assault helicopters and one (1) Airbus 350 helicopter, in November this yr, to boost its work.
In keeping with President Akufo-Addo, hangars for the helicopters, situated on the Nationwide Police Coaching Faculty, have been accomplished, and 6 (6) officers, who will fly these helicopters, have accomplished their coaching in South Africa.
The President made this identified on Friday, 1st October 2021, when he delivered a speech on the commencement ceremony of the fiftieth Cadet Officers’ Course, on the Police Coaching Academy, at Tesano, Accra.
Talking on the occasion, the President famous that Authorities, in recognition of the difficulties and risks confronting police personnel within the discharge of their duties, stays dedicated to resourcing the Service, by the availability of sufficient personnel and logistics to allow them ship on their mandate.
“To this finish, since I got here to workplace in January 2017, a complete of 5 hundred and sixty-eight (568) automobiles, together with fifteen (15) operational buses, have been introduced by Authorities to the Service, a feat unprecedented in its historical past,” he stated.
Other than the prevailing Fashioned Police Unit (FPU) in Accra, President Akufo-Addo revealed that an extra twenty-two (22) gentle armoured automobiles have been procured to be used by the FPUs to be established in November within the Northern, Higher East and Ashanti Areas.
Within the subsequent one-and-half years, FPUs might be established within the remaining areas that do not need FPUs.
“2 hundred (200) motorbikes have additionally been distributed to members of the Neighborhood Policing initiative to spice up the presence of the police in our communities. Trendy communication tools and 4 thousand, 5 hundred (4,500) fragmentation jackets have been procured and delivered to the Service to guard officers, and assist guarantee efficient policing,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
He continued, “Originally of my mandate, in 2017, there have been eight hundred (800) CCTV installations within the nation for surveillance. On the finish of my first time period, the determine had gone as much as six thousand, 5 hundred (6,500), and, by the top of the yr, one other three thousand, 5 hundred (3,500) would have been added, making a complete of virtually eleven thousand (11,000) within the nation.”
Authorities, the President added, has strengthened the cybercrime-fighting capabilities of the Service, by way of the establishing of a Laptop Emergency Response Workforce (CERT) Centre on the Nationwide Communications Authority (NCA).
In direction of defending the nation’s maritime waters, and its offshore oil and gasoline installations, the President revealed that the Ministry of the Inside has procured three (3) Alligator Silver boats in fulfilment of the pledge he made to increase and useful resource the Marine Police, in an effort to assist them work with the Ghana Navy.
Along with retooling the forensics lab of the Prison Investigations Division (CID), he stated that, for the primary time within the historical past of the Division, crime officers are given a month-to-month allowance to help their investigations.
“On addressing the housing wants of the Service, the development of 300 and twenty (320) housing items on the Nationwide Police Coaching Faculty is at a complicated stage of completion. Work is ongoing on the development of a barracks at Kwabenya, to exchange the one adjoining to the DVLA at 37, which isn’t match for objective. A brand new mechanical workshop for the Service can be being constructed at Bohye, close to Haatso,” he added.
Along with the yearly increments of salaries for all police personnel, Authorities, he stated, has positioned them, like the opposite members of the safety companies, below the CAP 30 pension scheme.
“Clearance has been given for the Police Service to recruit some 5 thousand (5,000) extra personnel to reinforce the manpower base of the Service, in a bid to satisfy the really helpful UN police-civilian ratio of one-to-five hundred (1:500). Previous to this, a complete of 4 thousand (4,000) individuals have been recruited into the Police Service from 2018 to 2020,” he added.