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29.06.2004 Regional News

Political parties urged to assist Police form neighbourhood committees

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Nkawkaw (E/R), June 29, GNA - The Nkawkaw District Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Amamoo has called on political parties to cooperate with the Police in the formation of neighbourhood watchdog committees in the communities to reduce the high rate of armed robbery and other crimes in the country. He said in an election year, political parties needed a peaceful atmosphere to undertake their political activities in the communities and urged them to get involved in the community neighbourhood watchdog concept to assist the law enforcement agencies to protect life and property. Chief Supt. Amamoo was addressing a meeting of representatives of political parties in the Nkawkaw Constituency at Nkawkaw attended by representatives of New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Convention People's Party (CPP).

He said the objective of the committees should be non-partisan and non-religious to enable all residents in the communities irrespective of their political and religious affiliations to participate to increase the feeling of safety in the neighbourhood.

The District Police Commander noted that the formation of the committees would deter thieves and other criminals from committing crimes as well as ensure effective contribution of the people in the communities towards the protection of properties. He said the committees were not substitutes for any existing law enforcement or security agency but to support existing programmes, which were in conformity with recommendation of professional law enforcement standards. Chief Supt. Amamoo advised the parties to study the Public Order Act and inform the Police of all their political activities in the constituency for Police protection. The Nkawkaw Constituency Chairman of NDC, Mr Douglas Yamoah Ponkor commended the District Police Command for his regular interaction with political parties in the constituency and pledged that they would cooperate with the Police to ensure a peaceful election in the constituency.

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