The Volta Regional Police Command has called for the collaboration of citizens in the fight against crimes in the region, saying, it is a shared responsibility.
The Regional Commander, DCOP George Tuffour said the public should feel free and contact the regional headquarters or any other police station to report activities of criminals as well as unethical conducts of police officers for redress.
According to him, the Police Service will not condone misconducts from officers against the citizenry who they must rather protect.
He made this known when the Command embarked on a police-public interaction exercise on Friday, July 27, 2018 in the regional capital, Ho. The exercise saw the police interacting with market women, drivers, passengers, shoppers among others at vantage points in Ho.
Senior police officers took turns to speak to the public as well as provide answers to concerns raised in a bid to reaffirm the responsibilities of the police as basically being a friend to the public and existing only to protect life and property.
The interaction is being organised nationwide to have the public to once more, repose their confidence in the Ghana Police following public outcry over recent misconducts of some police officers in the country.
Police at Manso Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region last week, shot and killed seven persons suspected to be armed robbers, a claim families of the deceased refuted. Same week, there was an unfortunate assault of a woman carrying a two-month old baby who had gone to withdraw money from Midland Savings and Loans Company by a policeman. Just this week, Sefwi Akontombra District Police officer supervised the beating of a 14- year old boy leaving blisters on his back.
These happenings sparked outrage across the country and had many questioning the professionalism of the country’s police personnel.
DCOP Tuffour disclosed that the Command is sensitising its men to be professional so that cases of police brutality are not recorded in the region. He also hinted of the intention to sustain the interaction with the public to win their confidence so that together, they can fight crime in the region.
Some members of the public who spoke to voltaonlinegh were grateful for Friday’s exercise and expressed hope that the police will respond promptly to the emergency numbers they gave out to help in crime reduction because their main concern is that the police always arrive at crime scenes only after the criminals have left.
By: Ewoenam Kpodo/voltaonlinegh.com