The Inspector-General of Police Dr. George Akuffo Dampare says the Police Service is working to reduce robbery response time to 10 minutes across the country.
According to him, the initiative will be boosted with the deployment of over 2000 personnel and motorbikes across highways in the country in the coming days.
Speaking at a public lecture on Policing at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the IGP said the service is committed to its responsibility of protecting lives and properties in the country.
“We want to reduce robbery and crime response time to 10 minutes across the country, we believe this is possible and it will be done. When was the last time you heard of robberies on the major highways in the country, the Police have men patrolling all those places.
“We are going to deploy about 2000 motorbikes and officers to be patrolling all highways in the country,” the IGP noted.
Dr. Akuffo Dampare also said in order to enhance discipline in the service, all officers now have their names sewed in their uniforms permanently for easy identification by the public.
The IGP also revelled the Police Service has scaled up its intelligence operations by committing adequate finance and Human resources in the area.
“We have our intelligence officers all over the place, in the Ubers, shops and all over the communities. It’s very expensive but we need to get the job done”.
[6:48 am, 13/08/2022] Kwame: All new Police officers can now swim and drive – IGP
All new officers who pass out of the police training school can now swim and drive as the Police training module has been reviewed to make trainees more efficient in responding to current crime trends.
This was disclosed by the Inspector-General of Police Dr. George Akuffo Dampare at a public lecture on Policing at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
According to the IGP, the police training school module has been changed to make it more practical and effective.
“The training school module has been changed to make it 75% practical and 25% theoritical. Now all new police officers who leave the training school can swim and drive as part of the training so they can meet the criminals anywhere. If the criminals choose to swim, the officers will meet them. We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that we protect lives and properties”.
The IGP also noted the Police plans to introduce a virtual police station to make it possible for the public to file complaints online.
“We are looking forward to a period where we will have virtual police station. Where you don’t have to show up at the police station.
“You just make your complain virtually and then we will send you all the information. And we can even virtually also invite the suspect which is data processing.
“And we evaluate and think that it is something that we can virtually do than to show up at the police station and be unattended to and all that. So, we have a lot of work to do, but internally with a press of a button you can send messages to every police officer across the country instantly,” the police chief said.
“From headquarters to regional level we send documents electronically that we need not to find people to come pick it up and do that,” Dr. Dampare added.