John Kudalor, Inspector General of Police (IGP), says the police are poised to work extra to ensure that Ghana remains peaceful before, during and after this year’s general elections.
The peace and stability needed to ensure that all Ghanaians were able to do their business in a stable country, he said, were paramount to his administration, thus the need for the police personnel to stay away from political leanings.
“Stay in the middle and make sure that you deal fairly with all political parties because we cannot compromise the peace and security of our country,” John Kudalor explained.
John Kudalor, who used to be the Tema Regional Commander, said these during his regional tour of the IGP’s dialogue series in Tema.
The dialogue series was aimed at meeting key stakeholders in the 2016 general elections on proactive measures to ensure that the exercise was peaceful.
The overall success of the elections, the IGP observed, was in large part contingent on peace and security which would have to be provided by multiple actors with the Ghana Police Service spearheading them.
In this regard, he tasked the Tema Regional Police Command to replicate the dialogue series by complying strictly with a communiqué releases at the National Police Command conference themed ‘Safeguarding our democracy, safe and secure environment before, during and after elections 2016.
Also, he said the Tema Command must engage the youth, traditional leaders, opinion leaders and leaders of the various political parties to collaborate on proactive measures to ensure peaceful elections.
Another was to encourage welfare meetings for personnel for the discussion of proactive measures to ensure peaceful elections, the former Tema Regional Police Commander said.
Last but not least, John Kudalor tasked the Tema Police Command to collaborate and support the media in the region to ensure violence-free elections.
Concluding, he reiterated that “the police administration has to be seen as being fair and firm in the dispensation of its duties before, during and after the election.
“Personnel are, therefore, warned of taking partisan positions in the discharge of their duties as any personnel found culpable shall be severely disciplined by the Police Administration.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Paul Manly Awuni, Tema Regional Police Commander, earlier, told his boss that threat assessment and operations order, deployment plan and capacity building, taking stock of equipment and logistics, stakeholder engagement and election security structures were preparations his outfit had put in place to effectively police the 2016 elections in Tema.
The Tema Regional Police Command, which covers six political assemblies, has five police divisions, 15 districts and 37 stations and posts, DCOP Awuni said the police had categorized the region into 23 tactical zones for effective policing.
To this end, he said the police were poised to dispense their duties professionally.
The IGP’s visit saw the Tema police performing a brief simulation exercise on electoral process which was characterized by some pockets of violence.
The simulation exercise saw the police demonstrating their strategies to quell any crowd violence that might erupt at polling centers.
John Kudalor, moved by the exercise, scored the Tema Region 80.5 percent, rating them ‘A’ plus, saying “this is the tenth police administration region I have toured, and I must say you are the best. You have beaten Ashanti and Volta.”
Story By: Inusah Musah