The government has voted GH¢800 million to retool the Ghana Police Service to enable them fight crimes in the nation.
Presenting the State of the Nation Address on Thursday, the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the amount will be used for the procurement of modern policing equipment and gadgets, including helicopters and drones to enhance the capacity of the service in dealing with crime.
“An initial amount of GH¢800 million is being made available to procure and supply, within the next six months, critical, modern policing equipment and gadgets to enhance the capacity of the police to enforce law and order… In the medium to long-term, we will purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police combat violent and environmental crime. The crime laboratories will be modernized, and properly equipped to provide the necessary support,” he added.
He added that the issue of accommodation and compensations will also be attended to.
This initiative, according to the President, is to ensure improvement in the operations of the Police Service.
He was of the view that the investment will also improve security conditions in the country.
A number of police personnel have lost their lives in recent times as a result of violent attacks by armed criminals.
Touching on the security situation in the country, President Nana Addo said the Ghana Police Service will go to all lengths to clampdown on perpetrators, stressing that no miscreants would be allowed to terrorize the people, and neither there will be any hiding place for criminals in the country.