Ghana Police Service to improve its investigative mechanisms in partnership with the media
| Updated Nov 01, 2017 at 1:43pm
The Director-General in charge of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, David Senanu Eklu, has underscored the need for the Police Administration and the media to chart a common path to enhance democracy and make policing in Ghana a world class service.
He said the Service will soon launch a directive on how to communicate effectively with the media as part of the new dynamics to reach out to the public and track crime in the society.
The relationship between the police and the media should not be adversarial but fundamentally professional.
Both parties, specifically the police should create an environment establishing common ground for sanity and common sense to prevail.
ACP Eklu, who led a team of delegation from the Police Headquarters including the Executive Secretary to the IGP, DSP Peter Toobu and Deputy Director of Transformation Program of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Henry Ayisi Boateng, outlined the vision of the Police Administration to a cross-section of journalists during a media engagement in Bolgatanga as part of his familiarization visit in the Upper East Region.
He said the Police Administration was making strategic restructuring, which will among other things, give specialised training to journalists on correct crime reporting and community policing.
He said plans were far advanced for the Service to improve its investigative mechanisms and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department so that the officers there would act more professionally as well as introduce technology to support investigations, data collection and analysis.
ACP Eklu said it was important to organise capacity building programs for both the Police and Media so as to have fruitful results and called for cooperation between the two.
He announced that the Service was developing media guidelines, which would enhance communication between the media and the Police.
He underscored the important role the media played in good policing in the Upper East Region.
The Director-General said the Service welcomed constructive criticisms from the media and assured the general public of maximum protection and security.
ACP Eklu said the role of the media in building a strong democratic foundation is always critical and indispensable.
He added that it is imperative for the media to observe and adhere to the code of ethics of the journalism profession in carrying out its watchdog duties he urged the media to be circumspect in their reportage and to exercise a great sense of professionalism.
ACP Eklu said pragmatic steps are being taken to make the Ghana Police Service the best in Africa within 4 years.
According to him, the police administration has rolled out a transformational agenda to modernize its operation and put it ahead of its peers in the African region.
The Ghana Police service has come under heavy criticism in recent times over its failings in cracking the whip on suspected criminals, especially political vigilante groups who blatantly disregard the law and perpetuate crimes in broad daylight.