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Police Constable’s Death: IGP dispatches clinical psychologists for bereaved family and colleagues

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The Inspector General of Police has taken swift action following the tragic death of a police constable allegedly shot by an Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Western North Region. The bereaved family has been assigned a police clinical psychologist to support them through this difficult time while another team of clinical psychologists has been deployed to the Western Regional Police Command to offer psycho-social support to the personnel of the Command.

The circumstances surrounding the death of the Police Constable are being investigated by the Police to determine the cause of the incident. The victim was allegedly shot by an ASP of the Western North Regional Police Command while they were returning from an operation on Friday evening. The victim was rushed to the hospital but sadly, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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The Inspector-General of Police dispatched a team to the Region in the early hours to assess the situation and interact with the personnel. The team was led by Commissioner of Police Mrs. Habiba Twumasi Sarpong, Director-General/Welfare. The IG also dispatched another team of Police Management Board members to visit the family of the deceased and formally notify them of his passing, commiserate with them, and also assure them of a thorough investigation into the incident. The team was led by Commissioner of Police Mr. Christian Tetteh Yohuno, Director-General/Administration.

The suspect Police officer is currently in custody as part of the investigation process in line with the due process of the law.

For the most part, it is reassuring to see the swift action taken by the Inspector General of Police to ensure the bereaved family receives the necessary support during this difficult time. It is also commendable to see the Police taking the necessary steps to offer psycho-social support to the personnel of the Western Regional Police Command. This highlights the importance of psychological support in such situations, not only for the bereaved but also for those directly affected by the incident.

It is hoped that the ongoing investigation will be thorough and transparent, and that justice will be served for the deceased and his family. The Ghana Police Service must continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of its personnel and ensure that incidents such as this do not happen again in the future.

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