Police Ladies Association (POLAS) launched the celebration of its 70th anniversary in Accra.
During the launching, the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery encouraged female police officers to ensure that nothing tarnishes their image in order to increase public confidence and trust in the police.
In a speech read on behalf of the minister, he said that the Police Administration was pursuing a transformational agenda which sought to, among others, position the Ghana Police Service as a world class police service, citing the support of POLAS as crucial.
“Women are very skillful in intelligence gathering and management, and are perceived by communities as being more honest and compassionate.”
The President of POLAS, Commissioner of Police (COP) Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, said female policing had come a long way since women got the chance to join the force from December 6, 1952.
From just 12 women in the service in 1952 to the current 10,896 women in the police service, she noted that women had made their impression in the service.
“Out of this number, 282 are senior officers, which is 19 percent of the senior officers’ population of 1,456,” she noted.
She explained that even after women were allowed into the service, they faced issues with marriage and childbirth, with most of them being forced to resign when they got pregnant.
She indicated that it was because of such challenges that POLAS was formed in January, 1989 to promote the welfare of police women to give them a voice in the service.
Meanwhile, the monthlong celebration inclincludes activities such as: cash donations to institutions, school education campaigns, games with sister security agencies and a climax of an all-female parade and police band display.