Ghanaians urged to appreciate immense contribution of private security personnel

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Ghanaians were urged to appreciate the immense contribution of private security personnel to community and national security.

Nana Kofi Adu II, Chief of Akpafu Traditional Zone in Oti Region, said the presence of private security personnel in the country was an additional source of protection for citizens as they supported the work of the police. .

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of a new branch of Conso Security in Accra.

Nana Adu II, who is also Accra Regional Director, Conso Security, said the plight of private security personnel deserves attention, particularly in the area of ​​salaries and social protection.

“It is sad that these staff do so much for the customers they serve. Some even go so far as to do household chores like pounding fufu. However, they are not allowed to use facilities like the toilets in the house and are only relegated to the gates,” he lamented.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kwaku Dompreh, Staff Officer, Directorate of Private Security Operations, Ghana Police Headquarters, said that security is the foundation of all human activity, as such, Ghanaians should not underestimate its importance.

He said that in 2017, the Ghana Police Administration decided to leverage the private security sector to complement police efforts.

DSP Dompreh said this decision led to the upgrade of the private security office in direction.

He said that as part of the measures put in place, staff had first undergone rigorous training, certified and authorized by Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister of the Interior, before a private security company could take them. to employ.

The staff officer said that to ensure staff offered maximum protection to customers, it was important to review the legislative instrument governing their operations to allow them to handle other weapons or gadgets in addition of a truncheon.

Madam Doris Amedior, President of the Association of Private Investigators of Ghana, said private security personnel were partly responsible for the way they were mistreated by people.

She said most of these officers were unruly, disrespectful and took their jobs for granted by not showing up on time.

Ms. Amedior said such behavior discredits security guards and allows others to take them for granted.

She advised private security operators to instill good work ethics and discipline in their staff to raise their level in the public eye.

“We can only regain our lost respect by changing our mindset and our attitude. Let us not approach security as an alternative business, but with pride and defend it,” she advised.

Ms. Amedior said that as part of the training given to staff, emphasis should also be placed on intelligence to bring them out.

Conso Security is a private organization headquartered in Takoradi that provides manguards and security cover for businesses and related operations.

It is anchored by its core values ​​of honesty, integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.

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