So if law enforcers in this country cannot work in ‘fresh’ uniforms and boots, does that not a paint a vivid picture of the incorrigible direction we all heading towards?
The inevitable question which arises after reading this full report is how these policemen can combat crime when they are woefully under-resourced including their uniforms and boots.
Well, here’s why we are fuming; the association of police wives are not happy with the poor conditions of service meted out to their husbands.
According to them, their husbands are tired of wearing faded uniforms and torn boots in single rooms.
According to Mrs. Comfort Tsumedzor, President of the Police wives association in the Central Region, their husbands consistently wear tattered and faded uniforms as well as torn boots because the service for a very long time appears not to be procuring new uniforms for them.
“I am pleading with the government to help get them with new uniforms and other logistics that will improve in the discharge of their professional duties. It is embarrassing to see our husbands wear tattered uniforms and boots. You can see the uniforms looking very faded on them to the extent we sympathize with them”, she said during the Police week celebration in Cape Coast.
Mrs. Comfort Tsumedzor observed that being a policeman these days is a herculean task underscoring the need for them to be properly catered for in order to boost their morale in the discharge of their duties by protecting lives and property.
“I will plead with the government that working as a policeman is difficult these days so government should do well and give them good uniforms. They are using old and faded uniforms, their boots and other logistics. They do not have the needed requirements for the work they do”, she stressed.
Speaking on accommodation challenges bedeviling the families of policemen, she urged the government to facilitate the construction of residential facilities to ease the congestion in police barracks.
“We share single and sometimes two small rooms with our families and our husbands are unable to get enough rest since the kids are always around and playing. This affects them emotionally and physically because they are unable to regain their lost strength before they resume work the next day”, she bemoaned.
To this end, she appealed to the service to consider erecting structures on large tracks of land it has rather than allow police personnel to rent rooms amongst the communities.