The Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Stephen Yakubu has said that the President’s vision to change Ghana through his flagship policies and programmes thereby improving the general living conditions of Ghanaians could only be realized in a peaceful atmosphere.

He said this when he joined Regional Security Commanders today at the passing –out ceremony of Five Hundred and Eighty-One (581) General Police Recruits at  the Police Public Safety Training  school at Pwalugu in the Upper East Region.

Hon. Yakubu told the recruits that they had joined the Ghana police service at the time the country needs them most due to some major challenges facing the Ghanaian society today such as armed robbery, smuggling, human trafficking and all sort of indiscipline on our roads.

However, the Regional Minister noted he was confident that they would discharge their duties according to professional standard and determination in order to stop the occurrences of crime.

He advised the newly recruited police officers to be responsible and uphold the law and protect life and property as they are posted and assigned different tasks wherever they find themselves across the country.

“We all want to sleep and wake-up peacefully which is only possible if you take up those roles seriously” he emphasized.

He said in spite of the laudable role the police service plays to maintain law and order some few officers sometimes tend to bring the name of the service into disrepute and therefore, warned them that anyone with such ulterior motives to turn on a new leaf because there will not be a hiding place for such characters in the service.

The receiving officer, COP. Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo- Danquah (Mrs) praised the recruits for their passion to take up the mantle to serve their country in this honorable way.

She said the 2020 Global Peace Index Report compiled and released by Institute of Economic and Peace on June II, rated Ghana the 3rd most peaceful country in the sub-Sahara Africa after Mauritius and Botswana.

COP. Addo-Danquah added that this report made Ghana a peaceful and positive destination for investment with its great benefits in economic activities, education health among others.

She said the recent criminal activities perpetrated by network of criminal gang who are cowards had shaken the foundation of the country and threaten its peaceful international image but however assured the general public that the police service and other law enforcement authorities would deal decisively with the miscreants.

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