Ghana is to contribute 170 police personnel to the peacekeeping effort in South Sudan. The policemen, drawn from the Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the Ghana Police Service will be serving under the auspices of the United Nations.
This was revealed in a communication from the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan. According to the release, the Italian-trained police personnel will be deployed to support the local police in South Sudan to maintain peace and order.
The Ghana Police Service will be participating in the South Sudan mission for the first time with its own contingent even though it has contributed to previous UN civilian police missions over the years.
According to the IGP’s office, the select team has undertaken training in public order management, tactical progression and weapon handling and other UN-sanctioned training regiments.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, embarked on an inspection exercise yesterday to ascertain the preparedness of the contingent.
He expressed concern over the quality of personal equipment and charged the commanders in charge to ensure that the personnel are adequately equipped with the necessary kits needed to execute their duties.
The team is scheduled to leave for South Sudan after UN Officials have conducted a final appraisal of their preparedness in 2 weeks.