The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has met conveners of the #FixTheCountry movement for a post-protest review of their demonstration.

Ag IGP meets #FixTheCountry conveners to review Aug 4 demo

The IGP, according to Police sources, convened the meeting on Thursday to elicit feedback from the demonstrators on how Police officers who were dispatched to provide security for the demonstration on Wednesday, conducted themselves and how the services of the Police could be improved in future.

Ag IGP meets #FixTheCountry conveners to review Aug 4 demo

This appears to be the first time an IGP and the Police Service are embarking on such an initiative – meeting demonstrators for post-protest review.

Ag IGP meets #FixTheCountry conveners to review Aug 4 demo

The Economic Fighters League, who were part of the conveners, confirmed the meeting with the IGP with a statement on their Facebook Wall.

“This morning, conveners of #FixTheCountry held a post-protest review meeting with the Inspector General of Police at his request.

Ag IGP meets #FixTheCountry conveners to review Aug 4 demo

“The purpose of the meeting was for him to get feedback from us on the conduct of the Police personnel deployed to protect the demonstration.

“We indicated to him that the Police officers conducted themselves very professionally. The interactions between them and the protesters were cordial; they followed the agreements we had before the protest and kept their word to provide maximum protection,” the group said.

Ag IGP meets #FixTheCountry conveners to review Aug 4 demo

The statement further noted: “We particularly observed that the officers did not unnecessarily interfere with the movement of the crowds and were not aggressive in dealing with the coordinators of the event and the protesters.

Ag IGP meets #FixTheCountry conveners to review Aug 4 demo

“This prevented any situation where pent-up emotions could flare up, leading to chaos. It also allowed the conveners to calmly deal with situations where there were little disagreements between some of the protesters and the Police. This was an unprecedented show of professionalism in the recent history of crowd management.

“We, therefore, commended the IGP and the leadership of the Service as well as the personnel on the ground with us yesterday”.