Police service not a sanctuary for making unjustified wealth – COP Tiwaa tells recruits
The Director-General of Welfare of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mrs. Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has called on families of newly recruited police officers to limit their expectations and financial demands on them.
She said the recruits should be allowed to concentrate on their work, and support their families with financial and material resources in line with their earnings.
She said undue demands might compel them to engage in unprofessional activities, which may trigger unpleasant consequences.
“They [Police officers], have taken national and organisational oaths to serve mother Ghana,” she stated.
COP Mrs. Addo-Danquah was speaking at the passing-out parade of 581 new recruits at the Police Public Safety Training School at Pwalugu in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.
She said continuous guidance and advice to the recruits would help them to succeed, reminding them that the profession demands a lot of sacrifices.
“It is not a smooth terrain, and you will soon appreciate this observation when you get posted to various Police Regions, Divisions, Districts, and stations to commence your post-depot practical attachments,” the COP told the recruits.
She told the recruits that they had chosen a career, which called for selfless service to humanity, commitment, and sacrifices, and indicated that it was not a sanctuary for them to make unjustified wealth.
“Therefore, desist from corrupt practices, which tend to bring the image of the Service into disrepute. Never forget the motto of the Service– ‘Service with Integrity.’ Avoid bad association and put on the cloth of patriotism, humanity, courtesy, honesty, civility, and commitment to the career you have chosen. You will excel in every endeavour of your career when you consistently observe these professional virtues,” she advised.
She entreated them to bring the knowledge acquired over their period of training to bear on their work, after which they would be assessed by their various commanders to ascertain their suitability for the job.
She cautioned that any unsatisfactory performance would attract the needed sanction under the regulations of the Service.
“I, therefore, urge you to work diligently to guarantee your confirmation into the Service as Police Constables.”
COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa congratulated the recruits, especially General Recruit (G/R) Wonder Segbedzi of the Regional Police Training School in Ho for emerging as the overall national best recruit, G/R Ebenezer Nkrumah for being the best recruit in the Pwalugu Police Training School, and Recruit Hannah Arthur for her outstanding performance as the best female recruit.
Mr. Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision to change Ghana through his flagship policies and programmes aimed at also transforming the security systems, the economy, and general living conditions. This, he noted, could only be realised in a peaceful atmosphere.
“All of you will be responsible for upholding the law and protection of all our citizens, residents, and visitors. We all want to sleep and wake up peacefully, which is only possible if we take up those roles seriously.”