The Ghana Police Service will take delivery of three helicopters in November to enhance its work. The platforms include two gazelle light attack helicopters and one Airbus 350 helicopter.
President Akufo-Addo disclosed that apart from the existing Formed Police Unit (FPU) in Accra, an additional 22 light armoured vehicles have been procured for use by the FPUs to be established in November in the Northern, Upper East and Ashanti Regions.
He said that FPUs will be established in the remaining regions that do not have such Unit in the next year and a half.
The President told the gathering that the Government had strengthened the cybercrime-fighting capabilities of the Service, through the setting up of a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Centre at the National Communications Authority (NCA).
He revealed that that the Ministry of the Interior had procured three Alligator Silver boats to expand and resource the Marine Police, in order to help them work with the Ghana Navy towards protecting the country’s maritime waters, and its offshore oil and gas installations.
He said the construction of 320 housing units at the National Police Training School is at an advanced stage of completion. Work is ongoing on the construction of a barracks at Kwabenya, to replace the one adjacent to the DVLA at 37, which is not fit for purpose. A new mechanical workshop for the Service is also being constructed at Bohye, near Haatso.
In addition to the yearly increments of salaries for all police personnel, Government, he said, has placed them, like the other members of the security services, under the CAP 30 pension scheme.
“Clearance has been given for the Police Service to recruit some 5,000 more personnel to augment the manpower base of the Service, in a bid to meet the recommended UN police-civilian ratio of one-to-five hundred people,” he said.
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