General News of 2013-12-05

Unethical conduct undermines law enforcement — IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, has called on police officers to carry out their duties professionally to reverse the erosion of public confidence in the police.

He said police officers needed to be dedicated and committed in their duties to change the perception of the public in the ability of the police to carry out in their duties with professionalism.

Mr Alhassan was speaking at the graduation ceremony of 26 senior police officers who had completed the maiden staff duties course at the Police Command and Staff College in Winneba in the Central Region.

The IGP noted that matters of abuse of authority and related unethical conduct, whether perceived or real, had continued to affect the relationship between the police and the public in a negative way.

That, he said, had undermined public support for the police in their law enforcement activities, saying, “It is in this regard that I challenge you to be agents of change as you leave here.”

He told the police officers who had gone through the five-week course that they were expected to serve with integrity and provide exemplary leadership at any level of the service structure.

“As staff officers, you remain the core lubricants in the administrative machinery of the service in the implementation process of administrative and operational policy decision,” he said.

The participants in the course were drawn from the 11 police regions of the country.

The acting Commandant of the Police Command and Staff Training College, Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, told the Daily Graphic that the participants, who were mainly officers who carried out administrative duties, had been taken through intensive training to equip them with new skills and competencies, “as they are the first point of contact of the various commanders they serve”.

She expressed the hope that the participants would assist to effect the necessary change aimed at improving the output of all police personnel.