Ghana police band needs help
Director of the Music for Ghana Police Service Band, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP,) Godfred Atter Tawiah, has called on corporate institutions to support the police band which is in dire need of logistics to give off the best.
He lamented that the police band is facing series of challenges including inadequate accommodation facilities for members, music practicing rooms for rehearsal and state- of- the- art musical instruments.
DSP Tarwiah made this call when Today caught up with him in an exclusive interview in his office at Ghana Police Service Training School at Tesano in Accra.
According to him, the musical instrument s Ghana Police band is using to both educate and entertain people are reducing in strength since the have been acquired for the band a long time ago.
DSP Tawiah described the types of instruments they are using as “intermediate instruments,” which cannot match up to those used in other developed countries.
He mentioned that the band was formed in 1980s as an aspect of the police service training and also to entertain the elite Gold Coast policemen.
“Now things are different. We now perform for individuals and the police, with a duty to fight crime through the music we sing,” he said.
He indicated that that wherever they go, they send the aim of the police service out by giving people security tips to help them control crime.
“With our performances, criminality is reduced in any function our service is hired to sing. The latest crime fighting initiative in Ghana has heard calls for music to be used by the Ghana Police Service to fight the scourge of crime and violence.
“…It is not enough to say that music encourages crime and violence, but that it was necessary to turn that aspect of the problem into a positive by making anti-crime and pro-peace music to encourage the youth, especially young men, to distance themselves from acts of crime and violence,”, DSP Tarwiah told Today.
According to him, the purpose of the police band now is to use the classical music to fight crime and violence within the Ghanaian communities.
He disclosed that the police band has come out with an album to share their message, with title, “megyefo tease.”
He explained that the album as containing information that police indicated that the police service is there to protect the citizenry and so is God.
He also mentioned that the band is banned from doing profane songs but to give out messages that will help the people.
“We don’t make profit because we are there to fight crime, educate and protect the people whilst we perform,” he noted.
DSP Tarwiah mentioned the building of water closet toilet facility, construction of the police band accommodation, building of offices and car parks within his jurisdiction as part of his achievement since assuming office in December 2010.
He also added that his outfit has improved social conditions and has been undertaking infrastructural development in the police band, including facelifts of major roads leading his office.
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