The Vice President of the Republic, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has, on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana, expressed the nation’s gratitude to the officers and men of the Ghana Police Service for their continuous efforts to maintain law and order.
Dr Bawumia has also expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and pledged government’s commitment to resource the Service to enable it discharge its duties in a professional manner.
“Permit me to express the gratitude of the people of Ghana to you for your dedication to duty and resilience in the execution of your mandate” Vice President Bawumia stated at the 2017 West African Security Services Activities (WASSA) of the Ghana Police Service in Accra on Friday 20th April, 2018.
The WASSA is an annual get-together of members of the security agencies in an informal setting to review the year’s activities and exchange frank ideas on the way forward.
The programme, was attended by the heads of the other security agencies as well as the Minister of the Interior, Hon Ambrose Dery.
“Our gratitude and sympathies go to the families of the gallant men and women lost in the course of duty through unwarranted attacks by some criminals. Let me say that you made your fallen officers proud with the speed and dispatch by which you pursued the perpetrators of such heinous crimes that resulted in their arrest. We say thank you for your resolute and professionalism by which you undertake such selfless and noble tasks.”
Vice President Bawumia commended the officers and men of the Service for delivering on their mandate despite the challenges, and promised government’s continued support.
“I wish to commend you once again for the sacrifices you have been making with very scarce logistics, and under trying conditions. I am also aware of the efforts you are making day and night to keep our communities safe for the socio-economic development of our nation.
“It is noteworthy and indeed admirable that the Police Administration persisted in its efforts and administered the limited resources to achieve those monumental feats in the past year. It is this attitude of commitment and dedication to duty that has culminated into the successes recorded in 2017.”
Dr Bawumia continued,
“Having made all these demands on the Police, it is just proper that the government provides the resources you need to discharge your responsibilities. It is in the light of this that over 120 pickups were given to you to enhance your operations. I wish to assure you that Government has advanced in its efforts to procure the requisite logistics, equipment and other resources for you as promised. Government is of firm conviction that, once these resources are made available your efficiency and overall performance will rate higher.”
[6:34 PM, 4/20/2018] +44 7549 675048: No need to memorise numbers, just dial 191 to access Police – Vice President Bawumia
The era of memorising and dialling different contact numbers for specific police stations and offices has become a thing of the past, as the Ghana Police can now be reached on the special emergency number 191 to address enquiries anytime and anywhere.
The emergency number 191, is linked to the digital address system to make it easy to locate a place and also reduce the stress of memorising numbers of the call centres of the police.
The Vice President of the Republic, H. E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced this at the 2017 West African Security Services Activities (WASSA) of the Ghana Police Service 2017 held at the Integrity Square, Ghana Police Headquarters, Accra on Friday, 20th April, 2018.
“You can dial 191, the number one nine one, from any part of Ghana and you will get a police call centre and they will respond to your needs. We don’t have to try to remember many numbers of different police stations. If you want the police just dial 191 and you will get responses” Vice President Bawumia announced.
Dr. Bawumia admonished the police to also explore using technology to help policing in Ghana.
“Let us explore how we can use technology to help in our policing” he said.
The Vice President urged the police to make good use of the formalisation of the economy to help reduce crimes.
“The introduction of the national identification system together with the digital address system should help in the crime -stoppers efforts” Dr. Bawumia added.
The emergency call system will also provide detailed information on callers to aid the police in their work.
Present at the event were the Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery, the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defence Staff, members of the Police Management Board (POMAB) and the heads of the other security agencies.