‘Police officers who die in line of duty will be replaced with qualified family members’ – IGP

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Police administration has reportedly implemented a new procedure whereby police personnel who pass away in the line of duty are replaced by a competent family member, according to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.

According to the IGP, this is a component of a larger strategy by the Ghana Police Service to safeguard the wellbeing of police officers.

He claims that this is one of the most effective strategies for soothing the grieving relatives.

The IGP said during a public lecture at KNUST that a seed fund of $1 million had been put up for what they call the police medical intervention fund to ensure that every officer hurt while on duty would receive the best care possible.

“We also instituted a mechanism to ensure that all indisposed police officers are visited. I started doing it myself across the country, Regional and district commanders are doing it. We have institutionalized it such that they will feel that if anyone by any chance becomes incapacitated, we will always be there for them.”

“We have also established a Police Intervention Medical Emergency Fund with seed money of $1 million. It will support anyone who gets injured in the line of duty. We have also made provisions for those who die in the line of duty, we will open the opportunity for a child or brother who qualifies to take the deceased’s place.”

The proposal from the IGP to replace police officers who pass away in the line of duty with qualified family members is being contested by criminologist Dr. Jones Opoku Ware, who is advocating for more dialogue with impacted families.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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