At this point, if you asked the average Ghanaian about how they feel about the police, it’s very likely the response will be negative.
Stories in the mainstream news don’t always paint Ghana Police in the best light. Stories from extortion of money, intimidation and sometimes incompetence seem to shadow the Ghana Police force whenever they are talked about in public.
In this day and age of technology, how well equipped are the Ghana Police in dealing with everyday crimes in the city and other areas in Ghana?
Big Brother Is Already Watching
At the moment, there has been a deployment of 1000 cameras through out some areas in Ghana for monitoring and surveillance.
Some of the cameras have been installed at traffic intersections, border posts and key national installations across the country.
The Ghana police now have digitised call centres and handsets that help with the capture of videos and the identity of callers.
The centres are equipped with communication devices, including CCTV monitoring screen and digital trunking networks that are connected to other centres in Kumasi and Tamale.
The Kumasi Centre monitors the Ashanti, Ahafo, Bono, Bono East and Eastern regions, while the Tamale centre monitors the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.
The Accra Centre, which is the headquarters, also monitors the Greater Accra, Central, Western, Western North, Volta and Oti regions.
The police will also have two-way SMS policing to enhance communication between the public and the police.
The Inspector General of the Police said the next phase of the police digitisation project named “Alpha 2”, would be the introduction of Location Based Systems (LBS) into the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Police Emergency Command Centre to enable the exact location of callers to be generated on-screen.
An additional 8,000 cameras is expected to be deployed throughout the country to beef up security at public places, including private properties.
The Ghana Police Service administration has stated as part of its efforts to enhance police transparency, will deploy body cameras to its officers
Police Body cameras are small devices equipped with a camera and a sound recording device. The cameras are equipped to a police officer’s chest to capture video.
The Police Service recently took delivery of about 300 Body Cameras and are expected to receive about 3000 by the end of the year.
A Sign Of Improved Operations To Come?
It would seem that the Ghana Police appear to be leveraging technology to help with their day to day operations. However there are still ways to go especially when it comes to criminal databases, computerised and interconnect Police stations.
But this could be a good start for the Ghana Police to be on top of things.
APPLY HERE: YEA partners GES for SHS non-teaching staff recruitment
In line with the mandate of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to create jobs for the unemployed youth of Ghana, the Agency in partnership with the Ghana Education Service (GES) seek to recruit about 7,730 young Ghanaians from across various districts of the country to be trained and deployed to Senior High Schools unders the School’s Support Programme.
This recruitment is as published in the daily graphic newspaper on the 25th of October 2019.
The School Support Programme is a school based support programme aimed at ensuring the health and safety of students and staff of various SHSs in the country.
a) Schools Guards/ Security Assistants (SAs)
b) Kitchen Assistants
Applicant must be aged between 18-35 years.
Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)
MODE OF APPLICATION
It is an online application.
Alternatively, interested applicants may visit any of the agency’s district offices.
WhatsApp update enables users to restrict who adds them to a group
Facebook has added a new feature to WhatsApp – the ability to control who adds you to a group.
Back in April, WhatsApp rolled out the feature to some few users, mostly in India. A few changes have been made since the last update. Instead of the Group Privacy Settings alone, there is a new Blacklist option. According to WABetaInfo, the new feature is available on iOS beta version 188.8.131.52 and Android beta version 2.19.298.
The new Blacklist option replaces the “Nobody” option that has been available since the public beta rolled out in India.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp is testing a new feature under its beta version for iOS users. This new update will bring features like light splash screen, dark splash screen, hiding the muted status update, and app badge improvements among others.
The splash screen update in WhatsApp is a new start-up screen, which depending on the theme is either light or dark. In simpler words, WhatsApp is testing a new launch screen, which appears when users open the app. The splash screen just has the WhatsApp logo against a white background in light theme and the same logo against a black or grey background in a dark theme. According to IANS report, the messaging app is testing a new Splash Screen feature for both IOS and Android users.
Ghana To Criminalize Inappropriate Internet Content
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced that Ghana would soon criminalise the sharing of inappropriate social media content.
She cited sexual images as an example of inappropriate content.
The Minister has therefore urged that all should comply with the domestic laws, when passed, to avoid being penalized.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was addressing stakeholders on the second day of the National week celebration of the Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019, being held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Teshie, Accra.
Dubbed: “Demonstrating Ghana’s Cyber Security Readiness,” the programme brought together security agencies, heads of departments, school children and others to discuss Child Online Protection (COP) and develop a framework to curb the risk posed to young people for using the internet.
The Minister said there would be sufficient provision in the law to protect children/adolescents from online abuse.
She, therefore, called on the public to be wary of such messages, delete as soon as they received them, and avoid passing them on.
The Ministry is working with the Attorney General, and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, among others to come-up with the framework on child online development and welfare within the shortest possible time.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said most children had become active users of the internet for learning but were unfortunately faced with a lot of challenges, which affected their human rights and, therefore, the need to protect them.
She said most of the laws of Ghana were enacted before child online protection came up, as a result, sufficient laws should be put in place to protect children being abused on the internet.
Government, she said, had increased awareness among children across all the regions and by the end of October, 40 schools would have been reached.
She said cyber security policy would be reviewed to meet international standards and called on corporate bodies to support government since it was their collective interest to protect the children.
Hajia Samira Bawumia, the Wife of the Vice President, said a collaborative effort was essential to protect children from online predators.
Quoting UNICEF’s research done in 2016, she said four out of 10 children had seen sexual images and half of the 2000 children used in the survey expressed online abuse by adults.
She, therefore, called on government, educators, civil society organisations, international development partners to come up with policies and legislations to protect young internet users.
Hajia Samira commended the Ministry of Communications for initiating channels whereby victims who feared reporting to the police could report to seek redress.
“Parents have to be abreast of the use of the internet in order to guide their children on its usage as their children mostly knew more than them,” she advised.
Madam Anne-Clare Dufay, UNICEF-Ghana Representative, called on industry players to make their products child-friendly to prevent them from being taken advantage of.
Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, the National Cyber Security Advisor, said child protection issues needed a multi-sectorial approach where children themselves should not be left out of the solution.
Madam Afisah Zakaria, the Chief Director of Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, called for the monitoring of service providers of sex sites to protect children from accessing those sites.
She said the law would soon be enshrined with strict penalties so that sending, retaining, and sharing of such contents would be punishable by law.
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