April 7, 2018. 6 Garrison troops and personnel of the Ghana Police Service in the Northern Region on Saturday, April 7, 2018, went on a route march dubbed ‘Exercise Fast Foot’ along some of the main streets of Tamale Metropolis.
The route march which started off at the Jubilee Park in Tamale at 0635 hours after an address by the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Saeed and the GOC Northern Command, Brig Gen Francis Ofori and ended at Nyohini Camp, the Headquarters of Northern Command.
The exercise was geared towards fostering collaboration between the two security services in the wake of an impasse between some personnel of the two security services. It was also to enhance security in the region by assuring the residents of the two major security services’ readiness to ensure law and order in the region.
The marchers, in full battle gear and displaying their regimental colours marched and sang to the popular tunes played by the 6 Infantry Battalion band.
Addressing the gathering, Hon Saeedreiterated the need on the part of personnel to demonstrate to the general public the unity between the military and the police as partners in defending the people of the Northern Region. He said the citizenry must see personnel of the two security services as setting example of unity in diversity.
Brig Gen Ofori in his address assured the police of the military’s resolve to continually support the police to enhance internal security. He urged personnel of the two security services to demonstrate togetherness and follow official complaint channels or procedures for seeking redress.
The Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP George Adusei Sarpong thanked the military for incorporating the police into the exercise. He said an exercise such as ‘Exercise Fast Foot’ would deepen cooperation between the two security services and build the body of personnel to perform their duties diligently.
He cautioned personnel against indulging in physical attacks, urging them to settle their differences amicably to avoid being ridiculed in the eyes of the public.
He assured the GOC and the military fraternity that the Police Service would continue to educate and sensitise its personnel in a manner that would ensure peaceful co-existence between the two security services for the benefit of the citizenry.