The Faithful Servants Awards, a project initiated in the United States to honour great police officers for their honesty and integrity, has honoured Mr David Asante-Apeatu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, Deputy IGP, received the award on behalf of the IGP.
The Faithful Servants Awards was initiated by the Divine Word International Ministry (DWIM), led by its Founder, Bishop Kofi Adonteng Boateng, of Northern Virginia, USA, in collaboration with police forces of the area, to recognise their great works.
Mr Asante-Apeatu was recognised for his commitment of fostering honesty and integrity in the Ghana Police Service. As part of the award ceremony Sergeant Felix Kwaku Tefe, a Police Officer at the Tesano Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), who was captured on video for refusing bribe from a driver whiles on duty, was also recognised.
Mr Moro Yaro, a journalist with UTV, who reported on the incident, was also honoured.
Sergeant Tefe’s award was in recognition of his courage, integrity and honesty, whiles Mr Yaro was awarded for his vigilance in balanced media reporting. Bishop Boateng, who led the DWIM delegation, said the task of the Police Service was arduous and every developing country focused on how to advance its services in an environment of peace.
He said the IGP was a man of great character, integrity and faithfulness, who had brought lots of changes to the Ghana Police Service. Bishop Boateng expressed the hope that these traits, coupled with the investment government was making, would provide a safe environment for all.
He said Sergeant Tefe showed integrity and dedication by putting the country first as against his personal interest. “If others could emulate this example, I believe Ghana will advance."
Mr Oppong-Boanuh, on his part, expressed gratitude to Bishop Boateng and the entire delegation for recognising the IGP’s efforts to foster honesty and integrity in the Ghana Police Service.
He said the Police Force of every nation was expected to protect lives and property and to ensure peace, adding that this was what officers of the Ghana Police Service had been trained to do.
Mr Oppong-Boanuh said the Police Service, with a population of 33,000 and being a human institution, might not have everyone being as professional as one would expect. The transformational agenda, which had been introduced by the IGP, would help reform the training regimes to re-orient the officers to perform better, he said.
He appealed to officers of the MTTD to emulate the example of Sergeant Tefe adding that policing was a shared responsibility and called for community support.