The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that an amount of 800 million Ghana cedis will be made available to the Ghana Police Service to enhance the capacity of their personnel.

“An initial amount of GH¢800 million is being made available to procure and supply, within the next six months, critical, modern policing equipment and gadgets to enhance the capacity of the police to enforce law and order.

“Already, the successful renegotiation of existing contracts has enabled us purchase, forthwith, 100 vehicles for the Police…in the medium to long-term, we will purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police combat violent and environmental crime. The crime laboratories will be modernised, and properly equipped to provide the necessary support,” Mr. Akufo-Addo said during his second State of the Nation Address to Parliament on Thursday.

The president added that the police intelligence unit will also be strengthened, adding that the perennial problems associated with police accommodation will be tackled, and a compensation package introduced to cover officers in their line of duty.

Mr. Akufo-Addo stated that “we shall not allow miscreants of any sort to terrorize our population; and I promise that there will be no hiding place for criminals. I am certain that the interventions we are introducing will boost morale in the service, and I urge the House and all citizens to support the police to deliver the service we deserve.”

The President in his address stated that “the police, the prosecution services and the judiciary owe it to all of us to make us feel and be safe. I do not need to repeat that crime wears no political colours, and I am certain that message has gone down to all.”