159 police officers so far sanctioned in 2015

A total of 106 police officers were dismissed in 2013 while 135 received sanctions in 2014 for various offences.

One hundred and fifty-nine personnel were also sanctioned between January and October this year.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, disclosed this on Thursday, October 22 when he broke the ground for the construction of a permanent office complex at Nima, a suburb of Accra, for the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS).

PIPS was established with a clear mandate to ensure that professional standards within the service are maintained.

The Bureau received 1,093 cases of complaint in 2014 as against 788 reports in 2013, an increase of about 66 per cent.

The bureau linked the increase in reported cases to public awareness and confidence.

The dominant cases reported against the personnel included unprofessional handling of cases, unfair treatment and undue delay in investigation.

A number of personnel faced various forms of disciplinary actions including dismissals.

This the IGP says underscored the Service’s readiness to purge itself.

However, these efforts are not without challenges.

Lack of infrastructure limited the number of personnel at the Bureau leading to delays in handling of complaints.

In a bid to improve this, the police administration has begun the construction of a one-storey office complex at the Nima Divisional Command.

The nearly GH¢860,000 project is mainly funded from donor support and is expected to be completed within two years.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, appealed to corporate Ghana, philanthropists and individuals to come to their aid to ensure early completion.

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By Peter Quao Adattor|3news.com|Ghana