Seven days a week from hence, our television stations would be premiering ‘Ghana Police Watch TV’ series, in which the Ghana Police Service (GPS) would provide timely information on combating crime in Ghana and protecting citizens and properties at all times.
The Ghana Police Watch TV would be the viewers’ reliable source of factual feature news, special reports, police updates, and security tips to improve our personal safety, as well as that of our communities and the nation as a whole.
The flagship series would, furthermore, serve as an engaging public platform for the discussion of policing in Ghana, with Israel Laryea, an ace broadcaster, as Host.
The package would include a major documentary that opens the doors to the internal workings of the GPS, and developments under the new transformation programme, with a special interview with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, discussing key issues relating to the GPS’s response to crime trends, e-policing, officer welfare, and steps to tackle police misconduct, amongst many others.
The Ghana Police Watch TV would be telecast on Joy News, ETV Ghana, GTV, GBC 24, Crystal TV, Kantanka TV and UTV, and for us, at The Chronicle, we are elated with the move by the GPS to resurrect a similar programme TV3 used to telecast, dubbed ‘The Police and You’.
We feel elated, because, for us, it is a dream come true, because, a couple of weeks ago, we refreshed the memory of the GPS and IGP, in our editorial, how the GPS’s TV3 programme, helped the nation reduce crime to its barest minimum.
The audacity of criminals, in January and February, this year, left Ghana shaking, with the IGP becoming a subject of discussions.
Many Ghanaians called for his head, forgetting that, sometimes, we (citizens), too, are irresponsible and not security conscious, otherwise, why would a passenger onboard a public transport mention the quantum of money on him or her to somebody else on a mobile phone?
Much as the security agencies would be providing us with the security we need to keep us safe, the citizenry, too, must take their personal security seriously.
Drivers should be conscious of vehicles that trail them, and this is where their driving mirrors come in handy.
Now that the Ghana Police Watch TV is in, we would implore corporate organisations to own the daily TV show by pooling capital resources to sponsor it. The GPS, alone, cannot fund the laudable programme.
Indeed, corporate organisations have to support the media, both electronic and print, financially, to educate the public more on such security tips, because when the public are well informed, they can save them and their properties from criminals.
Additionally, philanthropists and corporate organisations should foot the cost of fueling police vehicles for improved day and night patrols.
Policing is a shared responsibility, thus, the need for the rich to help the government equip our GPS to protect all of us.
We know that this Ghana Police Watch TV series would put shivers in the spines of criminals, as their modus operandi would be naked to the viewing public.
Our last appeal to the IGP, is to bring back the Community Policing, a strategy that saw police visibility at vantage points in densely-populated areas.
On this note, we commend the IGP and the GPS for the Ghana Police Watch TV series, which is the beginning of the end of the national security threat criminals plunged our country into in the virgin months of 2018.
Ghanaians should not miss the series!
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