The spate of robbery in the Bomso community is set to see a reduction as the Ashanti Regional Police Command opens a fully refurbished police station.
The Police Station donated by Managing Director of Ultimate Fashion, Mr. William Nana Addo, comes at a time when robbery is on the increase in the community.
Students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology who live in hostels in the Bomso Community have often been robbed of their laptops, phones, money and other valuables.
Assembly member of the Tech Electoral Area, Mrs. Evelyn Agyeman, says the presence of the police station will go a long way in curbing the spate of armed robbery in the area.
COP Ken Yeboah, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, commissioning the 5th Police Station for 2018, thanked Mr. William Nana Addo for the gesture.
He said, “this is not the only thing Mr. Addo has done for the Police Service, he periodically donates to the command…this is an example many people should emulate.”
The Regional Commander asked residents in the community to be “security conscious, don't say because there is a police station here, you will just live without being security conscious, security consciousness is key and should be prioritized.”
He also encouraged residents to serve as informants to the police, emphasizing that, “Police are not prophets nor magicians, we get our information from you, and so if you see anyone behaving odd and you suspect him or her, just inform the police. With the training we have, we will investigate your claims, and measures will be taken.”
COP Ken Yeboah cautioned officers who will be stationed at the Bomso Police Station to be circumspect in dealing with citizens, adding that “respect is reciprocal, respect the people who live here and they will also respect you, don't bully people around because of the uniform you wear. If I get information about anyone in such act, the person will be seriously dealt with.”
Mr. William Nana Addo, Managing Director of Ultimate Fashion handed over the fully refurbished police station and two motorbikes to the Ashanti Regional Police Command.
Public donations may compromise police – Sowatey warns
A Security Analyst, Emmanuel Sowatey, has said it will be counterproductive for Ghanaians to support the police with various needed logistics.
He was speaking to Citi News after the Police Commander for the Tesano Police in Accra, Chief Superintendent Oduro Amenin, requested support from the public for the Police Service to procure the needed vehicles to aid policing.
“In the short term, it may be very attractive to receive different forms of assistance from individuals and corporate bodies. But in the long term, it may be counterproductive,” he cautioned.
Though he said some beneficiaries of such support may continue to remain professional, “it undermines, to some extent, that level of trust and perception that individuals would have,” Mr. Sowatey said.
“If Mr. X gave those resources to the police and Mr. X has a problem with Mr. Y, the fact that Mr. Y knows that Mr. X provided the Police with certain logistics, in the mind of Mr. Y, the police will tilt to the side of the party because the other party provided the police certain logistics,” he illustrated.