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Saturday, January 23, 2010

IGP launches Image cleansing strategy

IGP Paul Quaye
IGP Paul Quaye

Inspector General of Police Paul Tawiah Quaye has launched a new strategy aimed at building a new image for the police administration.

Christened “Image cleansing strategy” the IGP said the police will from hence weed out miscreants whose conducts cast the entire police administration in a bad light.

“It is a matter of pride, however for me to say that the service has within its ranks a large number of personnel with impeccable moral character and whose sterling professional qualities and background are comparable with the best in other institutions in the country.

“It is regrettable that the unacceptable behaviour of the handful of our personnel have given causes for the public to have negative perception that the average police man is of a mediocre calibre and an under achiever with no moral strength of character,” Paul Quaye lamented at a meeting of regional police commanders in Accra on Friday.

He noted the time is ripe to sever that negative perception and to project the image of the institution.

Outlining the image redemption strategies, Mr Quaye noted the police will embark on a “problem solving policing approaches”.

Among other things,“we want every person who walks into a police station or an office with a problem to receive the best service available,” he said.

He also warned that officials whose acts or conducts derail the process will be dealt with severely.

“Listen here carefully, I must warn members who exhibit tendencies of non-compliance with directives relative to the image improvement strategies, because they are going to have themselves to blame.”

The Vice-president and chairman of the police council, John Dramani Mahama, who was part of the meeting said the government is determined to make the police administration as neutral as possible.

Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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