The Police Administration has launched a newspaper which will serve as the mouthpiece of the Ghana Police Service in the country.
According to COP Ransford Moses Ninson, the Director–General in-charge of police administration, the newspaper, dubbed, ‘police news’ would help improve relations with the public.
During the launch of the newspaper at the police headquarters, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, said the police service would continue to explore all means to improve its relationship with the public.
“This started some time back in 2003 when the then police administration took the bold step and innovative decision to expand the public relations component of the service by enlisting public relations professionals into the service to handle police-public interaction and communication.
“This also led to the opening of public relations units in all the regional police commands across the country, thereby drawing the police closer to the people.”
The IGP said recently the police moved a step further by adopting twitter, facebook and instagram.
This, he said, is to enable the police to keep monitor happenings on the social media to ensure that the public is fed with accurate information.
“The police will also use it to clear the air in case of any misinformation or fabrication designed to incite members of the public against the service.
Minister of Interior, Prosper Bani, in an address, tasked the editor and reporters to ensure that news items boost relationship between the Ghana Police and the public.
He added that the Public Relations Department of the service must be changed to Communications Department.
Mr Bani also appealed to the service to release funds for the establishment of a publishing house for the service.
The Interior Minister also urged reporters to focus on unraveling circumstances surrounding murder cases in their reportage.
Also in attendance were the President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), senior police officers and men.
By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey/dailyguideafrica.com