Western Region: About 1,000 Policemen For Holiday Season
The Western Regional Police Command has deployed one thousand police personnel across the region to undertake both covert and overt operations in the yuletide and New Year.
This measure, the Command said, is to increase police presence at strategic location in the metropolis, municipal and districts to prevent and reduce crime or fear of crime during the festive occasion.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwasi Mensah Duku, the Regional Police Commander, who announced this in Takoradi during a media briefing said day and night mobile and foot patrols have been intensified to ensure that people go about their activities without any hindrance.
He said the patrols would be extended to market areas, residential, key installations, the beaches, entertainment centres and other special events.
The Regional commander said stop and search operations would be randomly conducted to complement the work of the patrol team, adding that night snap checks are to meant to check the influx of small arms, narcotic drugs and contraband goods into and out of the metropolis and the region as a whole.
DCOP Duku said anti-robbery highway patrols would be intensified and that command has embarked on an intelligence led swoops to flush out criminals from their hide-outs.
He said though the region is relatively calm with isolated cases of robbery, murder, chieftaincy, galamsey and serious road traffic accidents, the police would not be complacent with the gains in crime reduction, but that they have put in place proactive measures to deal with all forms of crime.
On Traffic management, the regional commander, said officers and men from the MTTD and Community Protection Assistants have been deployed at road intersections, roundabouts and hotspots in the Metropolis, Municipal and the district capitals to manage and ensure that there is free flow of traffic.
The Regional Commander said MTTD, in collaboration with GPRTU, Road Safety Commission, DVLA and other stakeholders have also embarked on outreach educational programmes at the various lorry stations to sensitize drivers on the general rules of the roads, elements of dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive speeding, wrongful overtaking, disregarding the zebra crossing, renewal of documents and general maintenance of vehicles.
DCOP Duku appealed to drivers to comply with road traffic regulations to ensure the safety of passengers on board their vehicles to reach their destinations, 'I will like to send a strong warning to those who are abusing the use of unregistered motorbikes and vehicles within the region to desist from such behaviour or face the law'.
Touching on Fire crackers, DCOP Duku said the ban on the use of fire crackers was still in force and urged the public to comply with the order to avoid running themselves into trouble 'those engaging in the sale of fire crackers and its use are advised to stop or risk arrest and prosecution.'
He assured the public of adequate security as they go about their daily activities and urged them to report to the police any suspected criminals in their area.