In a bid to protect police officers sent on escort duties with bullion vans following the recent attack that led to the death Constable Emmanuel Osei in Accra, the government says it has started providing adequate protective gears for such officers.
This is according to Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery.
The Minister said efforts are being made to provide bullet proof vests and helmets as well as body cams for officers.
Speaking to Citi News on the sidelines of the final funeral rites of the late officer, Ambrose Dery said the government will facilitate discussions between the banks and the police to ensure the safety of the officers.
“The government has started providing bulletproof vests, bulletproof helmets and we are also working towards providing body cams. Discussions are ongoing between the IGP and the banking systems, and we are going to facilitate that to see how we ensure that the bankers and the police personnel are better protected than they are now,” he said.
The outgoing IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh, following the killing of the officer suggested that the bullion van was substandard and therefore gave banks up to the end of June to provide fortified bullion vans or have no police officer escorting their cash.
Banks in the country however indicated that the deadline given them by the Police is not realistic.
They said it was too close to enable them make the needed changes.