THE Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Western Region, Kofi Duku Arthur, has advised the public to discard the deep-seated mistrust and prejudice that they have about the police and support them with the necessary information.
This, he said, would enhance efficient policing in the region.
Mr. Arthur gave the advice when he addressed the annual get-together (WASSA) of the police here on Friday.
He said, 'All the armed robbers, rapists and, indeed, the criminals reside within the community and they are known, without the support of the public all efforts by the police to combat and minimise crime will not yield any fruits.'
He reminded the police that the fact that 'we are entrusted with the important role of law enforcement, does not place us above the law. We should at all time display a high degree of honesty, integrity and act with professionalism in the performance of our duties.'
Mr. Arthur said it was only when they exhibited good qualities that the public would offer them the needed cooperation.
He said that as the nation prepared to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the police must work hard to ensure a successful and an incident free programme.
The Chief Director of the Regional Coordinating Council, David Yaro, noted that narcotics drug trafficking, armed robbery and ‘419’ fraud are on the ascendancy as a result of the use of the computer internet and mobile phones.
He said that criminals always devise means to outpace the security agencies and therefore called for constant refresher training courses to update the skills of officers.
Chief Inspector Adu-Bofour of the Regional Mobile Force was adjudged the best officer for 2006.
He received a double decker refrigerator as a prize.