The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP) James Oppong-Boanuh has disclosed that the Ghana Police Service has taken delivery of some 4,500 bulletproof vests for patrol officers.
This is to help protect the officers who have come under increasing attacks in the line of duty resulting, sometimes, in death. Last week, two police officers were killed in the Eastern and Ashanti regions while they discharged their duties.
On Thursday some unidentified robbers have shot dead two police officers at Kasoa Budumburam in the Central region. One of them died on the spot while the other passed away while receiving critical attention at a hospital. The names of the deceased officers with the Kasoa Divisional Command are yet to be confirmed.
Investigations have commenced into the incident.
The Service has also confirmed the arrest of three persons suspected to be involved in the murder of two officers at Aplaku near Kasoa on Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle used in committing the crime, an unregistered Toyota Camry has also been retrieved together with some relevant items, an update from the police said.
Speaking at the 2019 Annual Police Command Conference at Sogakope in the Volta Region, the IGP said the trend cannot be allowed to continue. “We have started distributing the 4,500 vests that we have received,” he said. He added while measures are being put in place to protect the officer, the best crime control strategy is anchored on effective collaboration and partnership between communities and the police.
As a result of this, the IGP indicated that the Service is reviving Community Policing and the neighbourhood watch concepts to instill some confidence in Ghanaians about security in communities.
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