Ghana policing its waters

Piracy and maritime crime key areas of operations.

Ghana policing its waters

Many have questioned the relevance of the Marine Police Unit, especially considering the fact that the Police Service is said to have a deficit of personnel in its land enforcement roles. Until recently, the role of the Marine Police was least recognized and mostly attracted bigoted comments from the public, about its establishment.  Early this month a little of its activities came to bare when the popular hip-life artist, Theophilos Tagoe, alias Castro and a female friend were reported to have drowned in Ada whilst jet skiing. The efforts of the rescue operation team during this period could not be glossed over, as marine police officers exhibited a high level of professionalism and tact to ensure the victims were found, dead or alive.

The maintenance of law and order, the traditional role of the Police Service, is not only limited to the land space of Ghana but covers the territorial waters as well. Marine Police, hitherto called the “Water Police”, was formed as far back as 1916 to maintain law and order at the country’s ports and territorial waters but was disbanded in 1942. However, when Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities in 2007, it was necessary that the unit be re-established to provide utmost security for the maritime environment.

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