A criminologist at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, Emmanuel Sowatey has stated that the deployment of police personnel to Members of Parliament does not necessarily guarantee their safety and security.
Speaking with Evan Mensah on Ghana Connect, he advised that the Security Services look at the resources that armed men have and strategize on how they can proactively deal with those threats.
“The security of MPs cannot be guaranteed by a single policeman even if the person has a fully loaded AK 47 which is 90 rounds, you cannot because you need to know the kind of threat you are engaging with,” he said.
According to him, an insecure society makes an endangered Policeman, and an endangered policeman adds no benefit to the parliamentarian.
This comes at the back of the Government’s decision to deploy personal bodyguards to all Parliamentarians to ensure their protection.
The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery said this at the Parliament House when he disclosed some of the measures instituted to counter the growing incidents of attacks on public officials in the country.
Speaking to journalists after the addressing Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Dery explained that the move, which takes effect immediately, will facilitate the activities of members in the discharge of their services in the interest of the country.
“Government admits that the recent spate of attacks against public officials has made it imperative for this deployment to be embarked on,” he said.