The Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service with support from the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) organized a day’s workshop in Accra on 21st June, 2018 for the validation of a three year Communication and Public Education Strategy developed for
implementation by the Ghana Police Service

The workshop was attended by 30 Police Officers representing various departments of the Service including Police Training Schools, Criminal Investigation Department, Community Policing Unit, Police Professional and Standards Bureau (PPSB) and communication specialists attached to ARAP analyzed the key aspects of the Communication Strategy for effective communication and public education by the Ghana Police Service.

The workshop identified the varying communication needs within various units of the Service, and outlined achievable strategies to enhance communication and professionalism. Participants also recognized the critical role of social media as a tool for effective Police engagement.

In addition, realistic work plans to improve both internal and external communication were developed to enrich the Communication Strategy which aims among others to resolve communication issues which are
critical in the on-going Ghana Police Transformation Agenda to reflect international best practices of professionalism, fight against corruption and promote respect for human rights and democracy.

In his welcome address, ACP/ Mr. David Eklu, Director – General of Police Public Affairs Directorate indicated that the strategy will lead to the integration of the teaching of reputation management and communication skill at all Police training Schools and in-service training programs as an integral part of Police operations to enable Police effectively communicate with external publics and strategic
stakeholders in promoting good democratic policing practices.

He also indicated that a Police Media Relations Policy has also been developed and will soon be finalized as part of the Police Service instructions.
Mr. Riccardo D’Emidio a communication expert from ARAP took participants through mechanisms to improve internal and external communications of the Ghana Police Service.

Imma Zamora team leader of ARAP emphasized the important role communication public education play in enhancing accountability and adherence to the rule of law by the Police Service and other public
service institutions and gave the assurance that ARAP will continue to support critical units of the Ghana Police to make the current Police Transformation Agenda achievable.