The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufa-Addo, handed over 1,500 motorcycles to the Ghana Police Service at an event at the Police Headquarters on Monday, August 15, 2022.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the presentation of the motorcycles “is further confirmation of the commitment of the Akufo-Addo government to provide the police service with the necessary logistics to help the service continue to fulfill its mandate of maintaining law and order, protecting life and property”.
The Police Service, under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuf Dampare, has embarked on a transformation program aimed at making it one of the best institutions in the country and a model institution for the rest of the world.
This initiative, which is aimed at restoring trust, confidence and respect of the society, as well as deepening the legitimacy of the police, the President noted, has the full support of the government.
“An institution like the police service must be constantly updated to adequately respond to the security needs of the country and I believe Ghanaians are witnessing the pragmatic steps being taken by the service in this regard,” he said. .
The President continued: “Government is very much aware of the efforts being made by the officers of the Service, under the dynamic leadership of the Inspector General of Police and members of the Police Management Board, to intensify targeted operations in communities that have hitherto been known for violent crime.”
He noted that the ongoing program to augment the manpower needs of the Service is necessary for the effective implementation of the bold strategic initiatives undertaken by the Service to improve service delivery to Ghanaians.
“Last year, the government approved the recruitment of five thousand (5,000) police officers. Approximately three thousand (3,000) recruits have passed out and the rest are still undergoing training. These officers are the first batch of men and women to benefit from the modified police training program which focuses on equipping police officers with driving, swimming and motorcycling skills in addition to other tactical and communication skills,” he said.
It is for this reason that the President was pleased to hand over 1,500 motorcycles to the police service and urged the service to continue the good work it is doing to keep us all safe.
“I’m sure these bikes will be put to very good use as they reach the communities that need them the most. I assure the Police Department that this is only the beginning. Soon, more and more motorcycles will be available so that every community in the country can benefit from a strengthened public order model. The government will increase the number of motorcycles provided by the government to five thousand (5 thousand) by the end of next year,” he said.
The president called on police to increase their presence, improve response times and patrol streets and city centers after the motorbikes were seized.
“I urge you to help ensure that no community is left behind in the distribution of these motorcycles, even as you prioritize the most important areas. I ask the officers who will be using these motorcycles to take care of them, but more importantly, pay special attention to their safety and the safety of other road users on the road,” he stressed.
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