IGP rejects allegations of police corruption
The police are creating a new image for themselves, according to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, who also disputed the label of being the nation’s most corrupt organization.
In order to eliminate bad lots and regain the public’s faith, confidence, and respect, he claimed that the service has started “a self-introspection exercise.”
Dr. Dampare remarked during a public speech last Thursday in Kumasi that the agency had never tried to hide the reality that some of its members were corrupt.
“The methodologies used in all of those studies are in question. But we will continue to work on the issues that have been utilized against us over the years and give us a bad feeling, the IGP stated.
Dr. Dampare was giving a lecture at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on “The changing face of police in Ghana: Expectations and the role of the university community” (KNUST).
As part of its thought leadership program, the Faculty of Social Sciences at KNUST organized the talk.
Strategies of the IGP
Dr. Dampare claimed that the police force had implemented a strategic intervention plan “to turn the corner” and build on the achievements of its predecessors.
He claimed that the effort required constructing a forceful, practical transformation to become the best institution in Ghana and a benchmark for the rest of the globe.
He declared, “We are making every effort humanly feasible to reform the police department to a state that will be acceptable to all.”
The IGP claimed
IGP claimed that the initiative’s success depended on three key pillars: a command and control culture driven by leadership, employee welfare and development, and maintaining high standards for police professionalism.
The IGP asked the police to uphold moral standards in order to have the full support of the top hierarchy in accordance with its reward, recognition, and punishment system.
Dr. Dampare cautioned that individuals who chose to act differently might face legal repercussions.
The IGP stated that despite working hard to increase police visibility and friendliness in neighborhoods, the agency has hired a number of informants on a contract basis with reward packages ranging from GH1,000 to GH50,000.
Although the IGP believed that the number of informants was growing and could be a financial burden, he believed that involving the local communities in the process of purging troublemakers from society was the best course of action.
It’s time we all accepted that policing is a shared responsibility, he added, adding that he has always believed this.
In order to care for people who might become incapacitated or pass away while performing their duties, he announced the creation of a Police Emergency Medical Intervention Fund with a seed investment of $1 million.
Additionally, when a current officer passes away while on duty, a capable son or relative of the deceased. The officer would be hired to fill the position as part of the welfare and to inspire them.
The IGP said that only in a tranquil society could all of these be accomplished.
He claimed that maintaining peace and advancing the good work of their predecessors was the greatest legacy the current police force could leave for the coming generation.
The lengthy talk also focused on more hands-on policing, in which brand-new recruits undergo roughly 75% of their training in the field to become “full police officers.”
In order to improve their talents, new recruits are taught how to drive, swim, and ride a bike, among other things.
A suspect and a complainant should be able to interact with police officers online without their being physically present at the station, according to the IGP.
In order to develop and apply tailor-driven research in battling crime. The announced a relationship with KNUST, particularly the Engineering Department.
As part of the service’s in-house strategy,
As part of the service’s in-house strategy, the two schools are already collaborating to create a community of universities that value security.
When working with the university community to combat crime, the police must use both proactive and reactive strategies.
The IGP advised the university to implement a required course in security awareness while admonishing the public to take personal security seriously.
Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson, vice chancellor of KNUST, emphasized the link between good policing and the general well-being of the populace.
She continued by saying that everyone in a society should share responsibility for its security.
Finally, She added, “To make it work, we must all contribute in different ways.