IGP meets bankers over bullion van measures

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh, has met with the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Ernest Addison, executives of the Ghana Association of Bankers and Managing Directors of banks in Ghana to discuss measures toward minimising the risks associated with moving cash around the country.

The meeting, which was also attended by the Second Deputy Governor, Mrs. Elsie Addo Awadzi; Directors of BoG, and members of the Police Management Board, reiterated that commercial banks will implement the use of standardised equipment for species and Cash in Transit (CIT) services by 30 June 2021.

This will include services outsourced by the banks to any company that performs CIT duties.

The meeting also discussed other immediate, medium- and long-term measures for banks to operate in safe and secure environments.

Some of the matters discussed include protective gear for police officers on bank security duties, security background assessment of staff used for cash duties, security of vaults and banking premises, among others.

The police administration has, therefore, assured its officers and the general public of the administration’s commitment to protect the lives of police officers in the discharge of their constitutionally-mandated duty of maintaining law and order.

The meeting comes on the back of the murder of a police officer by armed robbers who attacked a bullion van he was escorting in Accra on Monday, 14 June 2021.

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