President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that approval has been given for the recruitment of 4,000 personnel to augment the strength of the police service.
He revealed that 961 of these recruits passed out between 22nd and 31st July this year, in various Police Training Schools throughout the country.
“The second batch of 1,000 recruits are also due to graduate by the end of this month. Another batch, made up of two thousand (2,000) men and women, is scheduled to report for training by the end of this month,” he added.
These measures, according to the President, have been put in place by Government to reform the Police Service, and make it fit for purpose.
The President stated that government is committed to resourcing the police service, in terms of provision of adequate personnel and logistics, to enable them deliver on their core mandate.
According to him, “despite budgetary constraints, the Akufo-Addo Government has, in two and half years in office, provided 568 vehicles, including 15 operational buses to the Service, a feat unprecedented in the history of the Service.”
With many more vehicles expected to arrive in the country in the next few months, the President noted that when he took office in January 2017, the service had a total of 492 serviceable cars.
He made this known when he addressed the graduation ceremony of the 49th Cadet Officers Course of the Ghana Police Service.
Additionally, the President noted that 320 housing units are being constructed at National Police Training School to reduce the accommodation deficits of the Service.
“Modern communication equipment, and 4,500 fragmentation jackets have been procured and delivered to the Service to protect officers, and ensure effective policing,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued “government has also secured three (3) helicopters for the Service, with the construction of hangars at the National Police Training School almost nearing completion.
“I am happy to inform you that six officers are currently undergoing training in South Africa to become pilots for the helicopters, and serve as the Air Wing of the police service.”
20 horses, the President said, have also been procured to assist the police in riot and crowd control, with a Canine (K9) Unit, made up of 30 dogs, also in the offing.
The recent establishment of the Police Intelligence Directorate, he said, is ensuring that police operations and investigations are increasingly being carried out on the basis of intelligence.