Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu at the Regional Climax of the 70th Anniversary of female policing in Ghana commended all female police personnel for their enormous contribution to the maintenance of law and order.
“Policing is the back-bone of every society, as evidence shows that no society can function without law and order” he said.
He added that, the efforts being made by Government and the top level management of the service is quite remarkable, as a lot of equipment, vehicles and logistics have been provided in recent times.
Some of which he mentioned, are the motor bikes that were delivered to enhance community safety in various regions.
He added that female police personnel have not been left out of the motor bike operations and are doing very well, and need to exhibit more professionalism in their dealings to uphold the image of the service.
The leader of the Police Ladies, ASP Leticia Amponsah revealed that, female policing started in Ghana when Twelve (12) women were enlisted to assist children cross streets and a few other Petey duties, and today the number grew into tens of thousands.
According to her, the story of women in policing while raising families is impressive because in as much as the Police Service seems to be male-dominated, women have strived and thrived in the execution of duties, since the inauguration of the Police Ladies Association on 29th July, 1989.
“The goal behind the formation is to foster awareness of the important role that women play in nation building by virtue of their being women in an era of good governance” she added.
She said the unique perspectives and experiences of the Ghanaian women is important and essential in achieving the vision of the Police Service which is to be a world class Police Service capable of delivering Planned, Democratic, Protective and Peaceful Services up to the standards of international best practices.
She stressed the need for a greater representation of women in executive management position and quoted Michael Obama who once said “there is no limit to what we, as women can accomplish”.
Her expectation is that a woman will be appointed the Inspector General of Police in the near future.
She called on the government and national stakeholders to support them realize their dream and reach their full potential.
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