Fifty-six percent of Ghanaians have indicated that they have confidence in the new Police Administration following the appointment of new IGP Dr Akuffo Dampare the Bureau of Public Safety has said.
Thirty-seven percent of the population remained neutral, while seven percent said they do not have confidence in the new administration.
This was contained in a study conducted by the Bureau to mark IGP Dr Geoarge Akuffo Dampare’s 100th day in office which fell on Monday, 8th November 2021.
According to the survey, 59% of Ghanaians claimed that the Ghana Police Service have seen some improvements in the last 90 days, as against 36% who claimed that things appeared same, while 6% said there has been no improvement.
Only 19% of respondents considered themselves safe in the past 90 days, as against 25% who considered themselves unsafe, and another 46% who were unsure about their safety.
Meanwhile, 57% of respondents said Officers of the Ghana Police Service did not show concern for citizens, and only eight percent claimed that Officers showed concern for citizens. Nonetheless, 66% of respondents indicated that they will not hesitate to call on the Police Service for assistance.
On Police Visibility, 38% of respondents indicated dissatisfaction and another 27% remained neutral, while 35% indicated satisfaction.
On Police response to emergencies, 53% of respondents indicated that the Police responded too slowly, and 16% said they did not show up at all, while two percent said the Police responded faster than expected and another 29% saying they responded almost on time.
On crime prevention, 13% indicated that the Police were proactive, 30% said they were less proactive, while 21% said they were not proactive in crime prevention. The remaining 36% of respondents were undecided.
The Bureau acknowledged that a 100th Day measure for the IGP has not been the norm, and, thus, it did not expect to see any significant changes in the realm of safety and security within this short period.
“We’re minded by the fact that this survey will provide hints and leads into the general opinion of the public on safety and security cum police performance. Responses from the survey also throws lights on policing aspects that the Ghana Police Service will need to focus attention and resources on in the short to medium term, if not the long term,” the Bureau said in a statement.
Overall, the survey polled responses from 583 respondents.