Accra, Feb. 28, GNA – The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu on Wednesday called on the American Chamber of Commerce to partner the Police Service to achieve a common purpose.
He said the partnership and support from the Chamber would make a great difference in the Police’s transformation agenda.
Mr Asante-Apeatu speaking at the Chamber’s luncheon on the topic “Security and Ease of Doing Business,” said the transformation agenda of the Ghana Police Service was for it to become a first class policing institution in Africa and beyond.
He said government alone could not support the operations of the Service, hence the partnership with the private sector to enable the Police to equip itself effectively to ensure a peaceful and safe environment for doing business.
He said “we need to work together to create a conducive atmosphere for businesses to grow and develop”.
The IGP said the Service would work hard to deliver its mandate to ensure that businesses operate within an environment of peace and personal safety.
Mr Asante-Apeatu said the five thematic areas underpinning the transformation agenda, were being pursued with the establishment of emergency call centres, supported with motorbikes and vehicles to improve police response time, which he said was an important indicator of a world class policing.
He said the Service’s E-Policing concept is being piloted at 21 stations, alongside capacity building for personnel at the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS), all aimed at effective policing.
He said Information Communication Technology was the core of the Police transformation agenda, since crime has become so sophisticated these days.
He said the Service has acquired some ICT equipment to enable the Police to combat crime to boost investor confidence in the Ghanaian economy.
“The transformation programme is geared at making the Police more effective, efficient and accountable to serve as a deterrent of criminal activities and pave way for more investments,” he added.
Mr Joe Mensah, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce told the GNA that the Chamber was ready to support the Police Service with the aid of its members.
He said the operations of the security service was very important to investment in the economy and business growth, saying that, “we are pleased that the Service had shared some of their concerns with the Chamber and how best they can also help curb crime.”
He said any investor or business owner was interested in an environment that was peaceful and conducive for doing business and the Police transformation agenda was in the right direction.