From Richard Owusu-Akyaw
A one-storey District Police Headquarters for Asante Akim North has been commissioned to add to the 299 district headquarters already in existence.
The project, which was initiated by the late law maker of the area, Kwadow Baah Wiredu, was supported by the Agogomakuo with a donation of $600.
The Minister for the Interior also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nandom in the Upper East Region, Mr. Ambrose Dery, said at the commissioning that Ghana has 1,130 police stations, with 83 divisional headquarters.
He urged Ghanaians to keep track of foreigners entering their homes and vicinity, and report them to the Ghana Police Service and Immigration Service to register them properly.
This, he said, is to ensure the safety of Ghanaians and enhance the sharing of information with the police for our safety.
The Minister admonished Ghanaians not to try to settle scores with police personnel when they err, since there are laid down procedures in the service to deal with such errant police personnel.
The MP, urged Ghanaians that security is a shared responsibility and Ghanaians must be vigilant on their personal security.
He announced that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was ensuring that Ghana is peaceful and safe, and this can be achieved if Ghanaians play their roles.
According to Dery, authorities are aware crime has mordenised and revealed that Jubilee House had earmarked funds to retool the police, and thereby empower them operate on land, sea and air.
He continued that police officers are going to be trained as pilots to operate helicopters in combating crime.
On the use of lethal weapons, which appears to have been the hallmark of the men in black uniform, the Interior Minister stated that the retooling of the police will see the introduction of non-lethal weapons by the service in controlling crowds.
He said: “The police will be effective in the discharge of their duties if we provide them with timeous information.”
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh, urged Ghanaian youth to desist from a seemingly culture among Ghanaian youth who are fond of attacking police stations when in a protest against the personnel.
He was emphatic that such attacks are criminal and punishable by law.
According to him, this indiscipline appears to be on ascendancy in the Ghanaian society, warning that “You may succeed in destroying a police station, but the police will definitely come for wherever you are, because the police will not sit down for the youth to attack us.”
Both Mr. Oppong-Boanuh and Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, pledged to support the construction of the police bungalow with 50 bags of cement each.
Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong, Paramount Chief of the Agogo Traditional Area, presided over the commissioning.