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27 January 2017

New IGP advised to relocate PIPS from Police headquarters

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New Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante Appeatu has been urged to move the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS) out of the Police Headquarters premises to enhance its independence.

Director of Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) Professor Henrietta Mensah-Bonsu told JOY FM Super Morning Show Thursday, complainants could feel intimidated reporting police misconduct at the current location in Accra.

“How many people are bold enough to go into the Police Headquarters and complain about the conduct of the police officer?” she raised concerns.

COP David Asante Appeatu becomes the 21st IGP since the first was appointed in 1966.

The ‘French-speaking’ IGP is a trained forensic scientist who has worked as the Director of the Specialised Crime and Analysis (SCA) Unit at INTERPOL in Lyon, France.

He is a former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department and team leader in investigations into the mass murder of more than 50 people, mostly West African nationals, in The Gambia.

He replaced John Kudalor who is set to begin his retirement after 14 months as IGP.

Prof Mensah Bonsu described the former Interpol employee as a policeman who is proud of his calling.

She believes that Appeatu’s sense of privileged satisfaction in his chosen career should direct his decisions and goals.

“Anybody who is proud of his calling puts a premium on professionalism,” she said.

The professor, however, advised the IGP to focus on instilling discipline in the service. She said a disciplined police force will make lazy officer sit up and spur hardworking one to expect reward for their effort.

While she rated the IGP’s human relations as “okay”, she also wants to see better accountability within the force.

The previous IGP has been criticized for overseeing a Police service that was not forthcoming with information.

After the service suspended its Human Resource Director Patrick Timbillah, the service was seen to be dragging its feet in concluding investigations into a recruitment scam.

It dragged on for two years until he was reported sacked in the dying days of the tenure of John Kudalor.

 

 

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