A private company has constructed and handed over a four-bedroom apartment to the Ghana Police Service.
The facility, funded by Franco Estates and Cold Store Enterprise (FECSE) at the cost of GH¢350,000, will serve as residential accommodation for police officers attached to the Franco Estate Police Station at ACP, North Ofankor near Accra.
The same company in 2017 built a police station for the police in the ACP community.
At a handover ceremony, the Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Frederick Adu Anim, commended the real estate company for assisting the police with office and residential accommodation and gave an assurance that the facilities would be well maintained.
He said with the growth in population and other factors, “criminal activities are also on the rise, calling for more police stations and the upgrading of the existing ones”.
That notwithstanding, the Accra Regional police commander said the police service, like many public institutions, had challenges in providing adequate office and residential accommodation for personnel.
“Over the years, various interventions by the government and the police administration seem not to have tackled the problem holistically,” he said.
As part of interventions, Mr Adu Anim said the police administration endorsed public, private partnership (PPP) initiatives to close its infrastructure gap.
The Ghana Police Service, he said, in its quest to carry out its constitutional mandate of maintaining law and order, continued to look for innovative ways of combating crime and “one of the surest ways is bringing policing to the doorstep of the public and making police presence felt in every nook and cranny of the metropolis”.
After handing over the apartment to the police, the CEO?of the company, Mr Francis Kwesi Nyankson, said the gesture formed part of efforts by the real estate developer to contribute towards combating crime in the area.
He said his company would continue to provide facilities to enable the police to carry out their mandate of fighting crime and ensuring law and order.
Mr Nyankson said the police deserved to work under good conditions so that they would feel comfortable and motivated to give of their best.
Police in community
The Kwabenya District Police Commander, Superintendent Kombat Damontin, said accommodating the police in the community in which they worked had enormous benefits, such as making it easy for the police to respond promptly to distress situations.
“The current increase in infrastructure has boosted the morale and confidence of the personnel in the district,” he said and gave an assurance that “we will step up supervision to ensure that officers posted act professionally, efficiently, effectively, show empathy, humility and honesty in all their dealings with the public”.