Police have not backed down on deployment of dogs

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The Director-General at the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Kwesi Ofori, says the law enforcement agency has not reneged on the use of dogs in their security operations.

The Asisitant Commissioner Police’s (ACP) statement came as a direct response to public observation that the dogs have been removed from the streets of Accra and other communities across the country.

According to him, the dogs help combat and deter crime but they are not seen all the time on the streets because they are deployed during special operations and are also vicible at training times.

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ACP Kwesi Ofori made the clarification on December 8, 2021 on Anopa Bofoɔ morning show on Angel FM.

He commended Police District Commander of the Achimota Station for using the specially trained dogs to deter crime in his jurisdiction where snatching of phones, hand bags and other personal belongs were rampant.

The officer intimated that the dogs are trained for tasks such as “Stop and Search” where they are able to detect narcotic substances including cocaine, wee and weapons such as explosives.

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He continued that part of the police policy is training and retraining of officers and in line with that, the Ghana Police and Spanish Police collaborated to train the dogs three weeks ago for effective results.

The Director-General therefore assured that his outfit is “on course not only on patrol development but looking at all spheres such as community engagements to achieve results.”

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