Paul Tawia Quaye, IGP

Matters arising from recent political developments, especially as they relate to policing, have finally compelled the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to speak, a sermon on the mountain, if you like.

We did not expect him to maintain an indefinite silence over the barrage of attacks directed at him over a wobbly Police Service by both the media and the public.

We are enthralled that he has, as it were, sought to assure Ghanaians that the Ghana Police Service is set to redeem its dented image, a suggestion that there was a laxity of sorts before the reassurance. The speech and the body language of the Police Chief were a welcome response to sagging confidence by members of the public in the security agency, a shortcoming which does not augur well for efficiency.

Although we might be skeptical about the assurance from the Chief Constable, we can put up a “wait-and-see” attitude as we survey the reaction of the Police to the many developments which would surely put their newfound resolve to the test.

Paul Tawiah Quaye’s address, albeit robust in import, failed to court the support of one of the most significant publics of this foremost internal security organization, the media, who were at the receiving end of his sermon.

He virtually cited the media for the predicament of the Police, a swipe we find not only appalling and ill-timed but misplaced.

There might have been a few slips in the relationship between the two as should be expected in all human bonds, but these notwithstanding, one of the factors which support effective policing in any given society is a harmonious police/media relationship. Need we therefore ask that the Police Chief review his paranoid stance so the mistrust which he is alluding to can be replaced by the much needed trust.

We want to think that he was not suggesting paranoia but was only humanly reacting to an excessive pressure being mounted upon him by the prevailing security challenges and therefore found the media an easy prey.

Maintaining and sustaining a cordial and mutual relationship with the media is the best bet for an efficient policing, one which can reverse the sagging confidence by the public in the security agency.

It is easy for the Police to reverse their lost fortunes; arresting of suspects in the dozens of politically-inclined crimes committed across the country as in Odododiodoo or even Kumasi, names which are known to them.

Ghanaians are still wondering whether they would ever see the Police take action against suspected cutlass-wielding hoodlums in the streets of Accra, no matter who they are.

Would they rescind their subtle decision not to pursue the case of the murdered persons close to the Agbogbloshie Police Station, a spill-over of the Dagbon imbroglio?

We do not want to believe that there is a deliberate decision not to tackle criminal matters if they emanate from one side of the political divide as being speculated by some persons.

We want to have confidence in the Ghana Police Service because it is a security organization every country needs, but we need the IGP to convince us adequately.

An efficient policing system can be achieved only if all the segments of society are supportive of its work.

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