From Thomas Agbenyegah Adzey
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has observed the Annual West Africa Security Services Association (WASSA) to review and also identify the challenges of police operations in the region.
The annual event also afforded both senior and junior officers of the service the opportunity to socialise and take stock of security issues in the region.
The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Mr. Akwasi Mensa Duku, said he was satisfied with the urgency and sense of purpose the security officers attached to kidnapping and robbery issues in the region.
DCOP Duku said the police would continue to attach importance to the security and safety of people in the region, emphasising that fighting crime is a collective responsibility, and called on the public to continue to support the police in this regard.
The Police Commander warned that his administration would not shield those few officers who continue to put the name of the entire police service into disrepute.
The Kumasi Mayor, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, who represented the Ashanti Regional Minister, thanked the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) for promptly rescuing the kidnapped Canadian ladies, and cautioned that there was no safe haven in the region for those involved in these nefarious activities.
He commended the Regional Command for the courage to discipline their own officers anytime they faulted, and thanked the police for the successes they had chalked in the region during the year.
The Otumfuo Apagyahene, Nana Owusu Afriyie IV, who chaired the occasion, hoped the security services would continue to protect residents in the region, especially in the remaining half of this year.