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General News Sat, 31 Aug 2019

Police shooting: We are still on top of our game - ACP Lydia Donkor

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Director for Legal and Prosecution of the Ghana Police Service in Greater Accra, ACP Lydia Donkor has assured the general public of the police’ ability to ensure law and order in the country.

The Assistant Commander of Police has also reiterated that the service is also on top of its game and is not in the bit intimidated by the recent attacks on police officers in the country.

On Wednesday, 28th August two police officers where gruesomely murdered at Gomoa Budumburam near Kasoa in the Central Region. This brings the numbers to six murdered police officers in the space of a month.

The two officers were identified as Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal and Sargent Michael Dameshi. One was shot and killed at the spot while the other died minutes later when the suspects opened fire on them. Prime suspect involved, Eric Kojo Duah has been arrested by police together with three other suspects.

In an interview with GhanaWeb, ACP Lydia Donkor was of the view that crime was bound to happen in every society notwithstanding, the police will not be let down but will continue to ensure peace and security.

‘It is unfortunate that a few of us will lose our lives but it only makes us stronger and more resolved to deal with such situations. We want to assure you that, we are still on top of our job. We are still performing our constitutionally mandated service to this country and we promise that we are not going to be intimidated, we are not going to be let down by one or two unfortunate incidents. We are going to come out stronger and continue to deliver as it is expected of us’.

The majority are of the view that, the police do not have what it takes to protect themselves in the field of their job. Most Police Officers are either unarmed or without bulletproof vest, this puts them at risk.

‘We have equipment, we have logistics, we have what it takes to protect us and also to protect civilians but unfortunately it might not be in the numbers that we wish. As we have heard recently, extra bulletproof vests have been procured, I believe that other needed equipment or logistics are going to be procured……we will endeavor to ensure that we continue to protect life and property’, she said.

ACP Lydia Donkor also stated that, men and women of the service undergo excellent training which we should be proud of as a country. For that matter nothing will stop them from revising their training as they wage war against the perpetrators of crime in the country.

She was speaking at the Pull out ceremony in honour of retired ACP Deborah Addison-Campbell at the National Police Training School in Accra.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com