Gov’t deploys 200 police officers to guard MPs

The Ministry of Interior led by Hon Ambrose Dery on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, disclosed that 200 police officers will be deployed with immediate effect to serve as guards to Members of Parliament till the end of the year.

According to the Minister, these officers will operate under the Parliamentary Protection Unit. Each Member of Parliament will be entitled to a police officer as a bodyguard.

This he made known to members of the Parliamentary Press Corps after an enclosed sitting with honorable members in Parliament. Hon Ambrose Dery further indicated that due to the retooling of the security agencies by President Akufo-Addo the country has more security agencies and security personnel available, hence the ministry has proposed that between now and the end of the year, an additional 200 police personnel will be deployed to the parliamentary protection unit.

This arrangement according to him will ensure that the unit attains the status of divisional police command to take care of the Members of Parliament as bodyguards. However, to attain the intended destination, subsequently, an additional 800 police will be added so that each MP will also have security at home in the day and at night.

Source: Mary Quartey

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