We have observed that some of the police stations in the urban centres are being walled, not only to secure the land boundaries, but ensure that the personnel on duty are adequately protected from lawless civilians.
When the walls are completed, vehicles and persons would have their respective entry and exit gates, and these would enable the police at the station to monitor the movement of whoever enters and exits their compound.
What is more, the close circuit television (CCTV) cameras fixed at the police stations would capture the movements of anybody within or around the security zone.
The new physical developments at the police stations have given us the confidence that our Ghana Police Service (GPS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) have been thinking highly of the security of their personnel.
The first three months of 2018 were, in fact, periods that the IGP and the Service would never forget, in view of the torrid moments armed robbers and some lawless civilians made them go through.
Among them all, the attack and killing of a uniformed police officer on duty at the Kwabenya Police Station in Accra by armed robbers, exposed our police to other direct attacks on their own premises. The armed robbers, after mowing down the police officer, broke the padlock of the cells to allow some inmates to escape.
A similar rumpus occurred at Doryumu in the Shai-Osudoku District, Greater Accra, where the youth of the area ran amok and attacked police personnel for responding late to a murder incident at the PW Quarry site at Shai Hills.
The Doryumu Police Station is in the open, and so the youth, who outnumbered the police personnel on duty, chased out the unarmed police personnel from the station, ruined part of the building and towed a police Nissan pickup, with registration GP 2457, to the centre of the town, where they vandalised it.
However, just when they were about setting the vehicle ablaze, a reinforcement team from Tema, Ashaiman and Prampram, with a few armed military personnel, whizzed into the town, to arrest the rampaging youth.
Forty of the youth, including three females, were picked up for nearly repeating the gory and untold incident of Denkyira Boase.
One police personnel at the station, Innocent Selikem, said: “They chased me. I didn’t know where I was heading to because I needed to escape from these weapon-wielding guys.
“Somebody who was videoing the incident saved me, as my attackers turned to pursue him, leaving me to have some time to place phone calls to other colleagues.”
The Chronicle believes that these, and many other incidents of which we might be oblivious, informed the IGP and the Service to be proactive in protecting the personnel.
We would implore cooperate organisations and individuals, who have the financial muscle, to assist the Police Service wall all police stations across the country. In our own little contribution, we would join the Service to acknowledge the benevolence of the citizenry or the organisation for the gesture.
On this note, we would like to mention China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), in charge of the Tema harbour expansion, for providing building materials for the landscaping of the premises of the Tema Regional Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the GPS.
Let the kind gesture come unabated to our personnel in black. Though they need us, we need them more to enable us go about our businesses in a secure environment to woo foreign investment.