Today in Accra, ARAP supported the Ghana Police Service’s launch of the Revised Service Instructions and presentation of the Police Communication and Public Education Strategy. The event was opened by the Inspector-General of Police Mr. David Asante-Apeatu. The Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Derry and the EU Ambassador, Diana Acconcia were in attendance to jointly unveil the Service Instructions, marking the significance of the event.
During the past three years ARAP has been working with the Ghana Police Service (GPS) on two critical areas. Firstly, technical assistance, to strengthen the capacity for effective prosecution. Secondly, a focus on improving professional standards and ethics of police officers, and strengthening the GPS’s accountability through communication with citizens, the media and civil society.
The revision of the Service Instructions - a reform process of over two years - complements both areas of work, providing standard operational procedures for the GPS. The goal is to ensure professionalism, while also providing key procedural information and directions to ensure effective prosecutions.
This is the first revision of the Service Instructions since Ghana’s independence, and therefore a unique opportunity to ensure the country’s policing can respond to the needs and challenges of the 21st century. ARAP is proud to have been part of the process, alongside the collaboration of stakeholders such as the Office of the Attorney General.
The Public Education and Communication Strategy for the GPS, jointly presented during today’s event, had also received support from ARAP. It will work to boost communication with citizens, the media and civil society - a critical pillar of democratic life and accountable institutions.
This particular strategy is therefore timely and complementary to the Service Instructions. As stated by special guest EU Ambassador H.E. Diana Acconcia during the event, “We are living times requiring increased communication of duty bearers to their citizens. Ghana Police Service has embarked in that journey, having a quite open communication policy by all standards”. She also took the opportunity to reaffirm the EU’s support to Ghana and the GPS, to help to make Ghana Beyond Aid a reality.
With the support of the European Union, ARAP has been working alongside such key institutions in the criminal justice sector since 2016 to promote good governance, enhance accountability and ensure compliance with the Rule of Law.
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