Do not keep more than 25 people in a cell – IGP to police officials
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare has cautioned police officials to desist from keeping 25 or more persons in cells.
“You can’t put 25 people in that space. What we are saying is that irrespective of whoever is involved, whether he is a suspect, criminal, or whatever, the humanity of that person is like ours and we cannot take the dignity of that person away.”
“We have to be very humanistic because it can happen to any one of us so we need to push the agenda of this cell over-population is eradicated.”
In his view, the practice as “archaic” and must be eschewed.
The IGP made these remarks during a tour of some police stations.
He further urged officials to be forthcoming with with issues they are fraught with in the discharge of their duties, in order to improve the Service.
“We did not come to talk about a problem being you. We have noticed a systemic issue and we want to address it. So be frank with us and stop this old mentality policy of defending it. It is not going to help anyone.”