"Be Committed To Winning The Heart And Trust Of The Public" - IGP Challenges POLAS (PICS)
The Inspector-General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare has challenged the Ghana Police Ladies Association (POLAS) to be committed to their work in order to win the heart and trust of the general public.
The Inspector-General of Police made these known at the opening ceremony of 2022 Annual General Meeting held at the NARPO Hotel in Accra on Thursday.
Speaking at the event, the IGP said "If we don't do our best to make the Police attractive, if we don't do our best to make the Police win the trust of the public, if we don't do our best to go out there for people to give us the authority to effect arrest and protect them, it will come back to us because we will always be known as Police Officers"
"When individually you develop yourself and gain respect, you also gain the trust of the community"
"If you do the wrong thing as an individual and you don't have principles, or certain values, and your organisation is also having difficulties, people will consider you not living that values and that makes you unattractive and not respected, then you become the worse of all human beings"
"If we succeed in developing ourselves in a principled and God-fearing nature, in a way that earns us an individual respect, both within our families and the length and breath of this country, and also do what we are supposed to do, wherever we walk, we will be duly respected and acknowledged"
The IGP reminded members of POLAS that they have the future of the Police Service in their hands.
"Let's come together and do 3 or 4 things. First, to be committed to being professional, to be committed to doing the right thing, and to be committed to winning the trust and minds of the people"
"When we succeed in doing these at the individual level, and each station starts doing same, it will put out a good picture or image of the organisation"
"Until we get that right, we will not get the full respect, cooperation, trust and confidence of the people because, we can not force it, it must be earned"
The IGP noted that although there has been some ups and downs in gaining the respect and trust from the public, he is challenging members of POLAS to make the difference.
"Much as we want constructive criticisms, we also want people to commend the service when we do the right thing because that is the only way, we can be encouraged to continue to give out our best under the circumstances we work, in terms of conditions we work and the physical constraints, we are so patriotic to protect lives and properties and we do these things without considering the limitations that we have"
"We don't say, don't criticise us but the criticisms should be fair and straight to the point and it should be something that encourages us to continue to improve and continue to protect lives and properties than something that demotivate us in such a way that at the end of the day, we are weakened and yet based on the courage we have, we cannot ask the Nigerian police to come and represent us in Ghana, we cannot ask Togo police to come and represent us, we have only Ghana Police and we need to work togetger to make it better"
On her part, President of POLAS, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah said "This AGM will offer a unique opportunity to reflect on previous years’ activities, render accounts to members and plan for the ensuing year. This is in line with the Constitutional mandate of POLAS"
She added that this year’s AGM is deemed a unique one as it announces the impending 70th anniversary celebration of women policing in the Ghana Police Service.
Maame Tiwaa revealed that from POLAS' humble beginning of 12 women almost 70 years ago, Police Ladies have grown to ten thousand nine hundred and fifty-one (10,951) which is 28% of the police population of thirty-nine thousand one hundred and eighty-four (39,184).
She noted that out of that number, 282 are Senior Officers which is 19% of the of Senior Officers’ population of 1,456.
"POLAS is committed to a progressive approach of enabling Police women achieve their professional development goals, prepare them to become more resilient with mental fortitude to help fight crime to create the enabling environment for businesses to strive in Ghana"
"It is my expectation that we will come out with concrete decisions which will leverage our quest for excellence, enhance performance of Police Ladies in particular, and the Ghana Police Service as a whole"
COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah assured the members of the wholehearted determination of the Executive Council of POLAS to advance the work of female Police personnel in tandem with the mandate of the Ghana Police Service.
She urged all members to contribute significantly to the current themes of the Police Administration to restore public trust, command public respect, regain public confidence and cement Police legitimacy.
"In our diverse effort to advance the course of women policing in the 21st century, we should always bear in mind that we are called to serve humanity"
"We should thus treat respective stakeholders with utmost civility, honesty, commitment and a great sense of accountability"
She charged members of POLAS to use the two days to deliberate on issues dispassionately and roll out policies which will have far-reaching impact on the operational and administrative effectiveness of the Service.
"We should continue to 'keep the foot on the gas pedal' and push for opportunities and advancements if we can.
"Opportunities abound in this age of Information and Communication Technology and so we should move from our comfort zones and take up challenging ventures to unearth our hidden potentials"
"The IGP, POMAB Members, Distinguished Guest, permit me at this stage to thank DCOP Ms Lydia Yaako Donkor’s led committee and all who have worked with commitment to put this together"
"As we deliberate, we should be mindful that Covid-19 is still with us. Let us strictly adhere to the hygiene protocols prescribed by our health professionals"
Quoting Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, a former Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), who concisely summed the role of women in development, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah said "No community agenda, no national agenda, no global agenda can move forward without … the involvement of Women"
She re-echoed her sincerest appreciation to the IGP, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare for the opportunity given to POLAS to have its AGM.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith