Banking Sector Security: Police holds discussion with BoG, GAB

The Police Administration, led by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has held discussions with officials of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), and the Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB) on dealing with banking sector security issues in the country.

The meeting held on Tuesday, October 12 in Accra formed part of efforts to build stronger collaboration with various stakeholders, as the police administration embarks on strategies in curbing the phenomenon of attacks during cash-in-transit operations.

The Police Administration said, the meeting was also in recognition of the critical role played by stakeholders as it was reviewing its strategy on the movement of cash across the country.

The meeting highlighted new strategies being mapped out by the Police Service to counter cash-in-transit robbery attacks and the challenges that are encountered, and examined all areas of collaboration between the Police and the banks.

The meeting, which was chaired by the IGP, was attended by members of the Police Management Board, the Governor of BoG, Dr Ernert Addison and his Deputies, the President, the CEO and other executive members of the Association of Bankers, and other CEOs of most of the major banks in the country.

The Police Administration assured players within the banking sector and members of the public that it was committed to ensuring a safe and secure atmosphere for the banking industry and guarantee the safety of all persons in the country.

The Administration also assured all police officers that their safety was paramount, and the Service would go to all lengths to provide them with the needed protection to enable them to serve the society in peace.

In June this year, there was a similar meeting between the Ghana Police Service, officials of BoG and GAB.

The meeting was held, amid a daylight robbery at Adedenkpo in James Town in Accra, a robbery attack a bullion van at Gomoa Okyereko on the Kasoa – Winneba road in the Central Region, and other incidents in the banking sector.

At the meeting, universal banks operating in the country agreed to implement the use of standardised equipment for special and cash-in-transit (CIT) services.

The stakeholder engagement also discussed the use of protective gear for police officers on bank security duties, and the security background of staff used for cash duties, security of vaults and banking premises.

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