The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the strongest indication that all forms of criminal acts against personnel of the Ghana Police Service will not go unpunished, ABC News can report.
The President, who expressed grave concern about the increasing spate of violence against police personnel, condemned the gruesome attacks, saying that such acts must not continue.
Speaking at a the 49th Cadet Officers graduation parade of the Ghana Police Academy at Tesano in Accra yesterday, the President said recent attacks on police officers resulting in their death cannot be tolerated.
“I condemn these attacks in no uncertain terms and I assure the Police Service and the general public that such criminal acts would not go unpunished,” he said.
A total of 143 Cadet Officers graduated from the Ghana Police Academy after six months of training and are now Assistant Superintendents of Police.
President Akufo-Addo intimated that no one deserved to be killed in any criminal or extra judicial circumstance.
He said personnel of the Police Service should not be seen as enemies, but as partners in the fight against crime.
“In the same vein, any police officer who breaks the law and abuses the freedom and human rights of any member of society must not be spared and should be made to face the full rigours of the law,” he added.
Noting the prompt arrest of the perpetrators of the recent killing of police officers by the Service, President Akufo-Addo said the Ghanaian people expect that such rapid arrest would also be carried out when the victims were ordinary citizens.
He said Ghanaians and the families of the missing Takoradi girls were anxiously waiting news on the whereabouts or what had become of the girls, and hoped the police would respond soon.
“Ghanaians and the families of the Takoradi missing girls are anxiously waiting for news on the whereabouts of the girls, and I hope the police would respond soon,” he said.
The President said government was sparing no effort to ensure that the security agencies, including; the police service, were adequately resourced to make them efficient and effective to respond to the security challenges of the country.
Describing the fight against crime as shared responsibility, President Akufo-Addo urged the citizenry repose confidence in the police and support its efforts to fight crime.
“The prevention of crime is a shared responsibility between the police and the public… And without mutual respect, confidence and support of the public, it would be extremely difficult to prevent and detect crime,” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo further underscored the need for the service to salvage its image which dipped as a result of the involvement of some police officers in corrupt practices.
He expressed confidence that the current leadership of the Service would step up the trend and urged the new officers to assist in that direction.