The Commander of the Tesano Police in Accra, Chief Superintendent Oduro Amenin, is asking the public to support the Police Service with motorbikes and vehicles to help them scale up the fight against crime nationwide.
He told Citi News that the police is in dire need of additional logistics to increase visibility across the country.
Supt. Amenin says such support would be helpful as crime appears to have increased since the beginning of 2018.
The crime rate puts more pressure on the Service, considering that in Ghana, one police officer caters for 848 citizens, as opposed to the United Nations’ minimum ratio of one police officer to 5oo citizens.
“For the Police Service and administration in general, they are doing their best to equip us. Meanwhile, the general public is also advised; those that can help us to get more [vehicles] so that every corner within the country or within the jurisdiction or within the region, you will see a policeman with a motorbike or a vehicle within the area, so even our presence alone will deter the criminals,” Supt. Amenin appealed.
GH¢ 800million allocation
President Akufo-Addo has indicated that, the government is allocating some GH¢ 800million to the Ghana Police Service to ensure improvement in its operations.
The amount is to be used for the procurement of modern policing equipment and gadgets, including helicopters and drones, to enhance the capacity of the service in dealing with crime in the country.
In his 2018 State of the Nation Address, President Akufo-Addo said the government is committed to resourcing the police with the necessary equipment to ensure that it carries out its mandate of enforcing law and order in the country.
“The police, the prosecution services and the judiciary owe it to all of us to make us feel and be safe. I do not need to repeat that crime wears no political colours, and I am certain that message has gone down to all…The law enforcement agencies will crack down very hard on all those who would disturb the peace of our nation…We will give the Police the resources they need to do their job,” President Akufo-Addo said.