Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia made an appearance at the 47th Cadet Officers’ graduation ceremony at which 132 cadet officers, including 44 women in Accra last Friday.
The passing out event attracted by government officials, sister security agencies, members of the Police Management Board, past Inspector General of Police, relatives, friends and a cross-section of the public.
Cadet Officer (CO) Justus Ayertey scooped the overall best award.
Cadet Officer Mary Mireku Esi Koomson received the Commandant’s special award for Organisation and Leadership while the Best in Drill Command and Control went to CO Mary Mirekua Tandoh and Best in Marksmanship went to CO Stephen Abaka.
Best in Social Sciences went CO Robert Kofi Kpodo, CO Okai Patrick Kodjoe received the best award in Police Subject while CO Joseph Yennuban was awarded best in law subjects.
Representing President Akufo-Addo and reading his speech, Dr. Bawumia stressed the government’s commitment to safeguard the lives of security operatives adding phase II of the Alpha project which involves the deployment of the cameras with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale is ready to be rolled out.
A total of 8,700 close circuit television cameras are to be deployed in all 216 districts across the country to enhance police work while additional police stations are to be rehabilitated to standardise infrastructure of the police service.
President Akufo-Addo said in line with plans to equip the police better, 1000 new vehicles would be procured for the service this year.
“Already 200 pick-up vehicles have been allocated under operation Calm Life with 200 saloon vehicles to be delivered in six weeks’ times,” he added.
He said resources have been allocated for police kits, including protective gear and adequate quantities of other essential equipment including guns and ammunitions.