Religion of 2014-01-16

Police thank God for His mercies in 2013

A special thanksgiving service was yesterday held by the Ghana Police Service to thank the Almighty God for His divine mercies and favour to the service during the past year.

The occasion was used to express the service’s appreciation to the government, the public, foreign partners, stakeholders, sister security agencies and the media, among others, for their support in the fight against crime and other social vices.

Song Ministration

With song ministration led by Superintendent Kofi Sarpong, a renowned gospel singer, backed by the Police Band, the personnel danced and sang praises to God for protecting them in 2013.

The theme for the event was: “An Attitude of Gratitude.” The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Alhassan, together with the Police Management Advisory Board members and personnel drawn from the Greater Accra Region, were in attendance.

Sermon

Preaching the sermon, Very Rev. Chief Superintendent Frank D. Twum Baah said one important issue that confronted many people was the sin of ingratitude.

He said a lot of good things had happened that should make people thank God for His divine mercies.

“Some people went to sleep and never woke up; others left their families for duty and never returned,” he told the congregation, adding that their presence at the service should give them cause to thank the Almighty God.

Showing Gratitude

Very Rev. Baah said thankfulness or showing gratitude should be a way of life for all instead of making it a seasonal event.

He also said Jesus Christ came to save sinners by reaching out to them, as opposed to the situation where human beings ran away from their friends and neighbours immediately they did something wrong.

According to Very Rev. Baah, everybody needed the hand of God in his or her life in order to change for the better and urged the personnel to have a new work attitude.

He held the view that obedience was paramount, adding that,”If we obey the rules and regulations it helps to shape us”.

Supt Twum Baah advised the personnel to do their work passionately and always remember to give thanks to God.

Remarks

The Director-General, Public Affairs, Rev. /DCOP David Nenyi Ampah-Bennin, said the police administration had every cause to thank God for His mercies and favour throughout 2013 and asked for His protection, guidance and direction for the service in 2014.

He said 2013 was challenging as the police service faced a lot of issues that tested the capabilities and professionalism of the service, but noted that with the collaborative effort of the personnel and the public, the police were able to perform to expectation.

Election Petition

DCOP Ampah-Bennin recalled the election petition, the Melcom disaster, market fires, land, chieftaincy and ethnic disputes and other social events such as national and international football matches as some such challenges.

“Within this same year, some of us have fallen while others have been incapacitated with various degrees of injury and other occupational challenges. That is why it is relevant that the service shows its appreciation to God and all others who have helped us,” he said.

He asserted that the journey had just begun and urged the personnel not to relent in their efforts to clamp down on criminals who had vowed to make life unbearable for innocent and law-abiding citizens.