The Director General in charge of Police Operations, Mr John Kudalor, has warned police personnel to refrain from expressing opinions on the outcome of the 2012 Election petition before the Supreme Court.
“You are to refrain from expressing your opinion about who will emerge the winner, since this would be prejudicial,” he said.
Mr Kudalor issued the caution at a passing-out parade for 409 general recruits at the Police Training School in Ho last Thursday.
He said the Ghana Police Service’s good international reputation and its ability to reduce crime should manifest in unravelling the mysteries behind the recent fires at markets.
“We can assure the nation that measures have been put in place to secure the markets and prevent recurrence of the fires.” Mr Kudalor said.
He told the recruits, who would be on 18 months probation, to be ready to “conform to acceptable all-round policing disposition, or quit’’.
Mr Kudalor advised them not to use power unduly to their personal advantage by harassing others and extorting monies from the public.
He advised them to emulate “the many more men and women in the service who are highly professional”.
Mr Kudalor expressed regret that some junior officers in the service “use their uniform to either commit armed robbery or aid armed robbers to execute their deadly agenda”.
He warned the graduating recruits against rape, indiscriminate use of firearms and not extending some civility to the public.
Mr Kudalor reminded them that the six-month training prepared them mentally and physically for the “arduous, challenging and risky task of law enforcement”.