The Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Commander, DCOP Maxwell Atingane, has revealed that cases of crime reported in 2014 reduced by 17 per cent compared with the previous year. The region saw a 73 per cent decrease in armed robbery cases, 37 per cent reduction in the cases of murder, 30 per cent reduction of fraud cases as well as 17 per cent reduction in cases of theft. DCOP Atingane made these known during the regional Police Commandâ€™s end of year get together popularly called WASSA held at the forecourt of the Police Headquarters in Sunyani. In a speech read for him, DCOP Atingane noted that a lot of measures have been implemented to ensure that crimes such as robbery, murder, possession of narcotics, fraud, trafficking among others are reduced in the region. On sexual and gender based violence, DCOP Atingane said intensive public education, awareness creation and sensitization of women and girls contributed to the increase in reported cases of rape and defilement which increased by 105 per cent compared with the previous year. He said Police Personnel are deployed for mobile patrols on 38 routes covering all the Districts in the region, adding that some of the personnel also patrolled in areas where illegal mining known as galamsey is rampant to prevent land degradation and pollution of the water bodies.Â DCOP Atingane mentioned Sunyani, Berekum, Dormaa-Ahenkro, Sampa, Techiman, Nkoranza and Kintampo as well as Atebubu as some of the major towns in the region where visibility and accessibility patrols are dominant. According to him, Patrol teams also mount snap checks at different locations within the robbery prone areas, saying, personnel are put on guard duties at some of the banks, vital installations like the Bui Power Station. DCOP Atingane expressed worry about road accidents which continue to be a menace to society. Adding that some measures and systems such as MTTD checking for over speeding, drunk driving and worn out tyres, have been put in place to improve the situation.
Touching on their challenges, the Regional Commander mentioned inadequate residential accommodation as a major hurdle confronting Police Personnel in the region. He said most of the recruit constables do not have decent accommodation, a situation which is taking a toll on their work. DCOP Atingane entreated all the Police Officers to continue to work with the highest level of professionalism to increase the level of public confidence in them. The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei, added his voice to calls on Police Personnel to cultivate the habit of discipline. He noted that government is aware of the challenges of police personnel in the country and pledged governmentâ€™s support to the Ghana Police Service, especially in respect of the accommodation, equipment and logistics. Mr. Adjei urged the Police Personnel in the region and the nation at large to be a step ahead of criminals and commended them for their hard work in the region and the country as a whole.Â
Source:Â Biiya Mukusah AliÂ Â Â