‘We Are Not Fully Protected’ – Police Officers Decry

Some police officers across the country have expressed their dissatisfaction with the tools and equipment they have been given to protect themselves against armed groups.

They have blamed the recent killings of police officers on the inadequate protection provided them in the line of duty.

Volta Regional Commander, DCOP Nana Asoma Hene said they do not have the necessary logistics to their work.

“We are not fully protected…we have some but it is not enough and we need more, so we cannot say we are 100 percent protected,” Bosnian trained officer added.

The Kwabenya deadly cell break that claimed the life of a police officer has brought to the fore the lack of protection for Ghanaian police officers in the line of duty.

Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi’s death caps a rather bloody January for the service and brings to 48, the number of officers killed since 2013. But beyond the statistics are people with lives and families.

The inspector was shot dead while at post at the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters, after a raid on the station by assailants who freed seven suspects on remand.

The Police administration says it will engrave the name of the slain officer in gold on its cenotaph at the Police Training School to honour his memory.

Joy News’ Gifty Andoh-Appiah during her recent trip to the Brong Ahafo and Volta Regions said the recent happenings serve as a rude awakening albeit not surprising.

She reports of police officers at barriers in the middle of nowhere without bulletproof vests putting their lives in danger.

Unlike other public servants, the police cannot embark on any industrial action neither can they speak freely to the media about their problems except their leadership which is a rare occasion.

Some officers told the reporter they are not even aware of the recent GH¢50,000 insurance cover announcement by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for officers who fall in the line of duty.

David Asante-Apeatu said the amount would be used in case of death in the line of duty and the education of three children would be catered for from nursery to tertiary.

He added that even if one should die accidentally or a natural death, the family would be entitled to GH¢ 25,000, and if an officer should suffer permanent disability, he or she would be entitled to GH¢ 25,000.

In response, DCOP Hene said the Ghana Police Service has to do a lot of welfare meetings to put across the message.

 

News Reporter

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