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27.11.2005 Crime & Punishment

Support Police service with logistics- ACP Akrofi

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Accra, Nov. 27, GNA - The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Douglas Akrofi Asiedu on Saturday said it was required of civil society to support the Police Service with the needed logistics to enable them achieve efficiency in their task to enforce law and order in the country.

He said it was an understatement for one to state that logistics for the police must largely come from government coffers, since government alone could not take up the daunting task in providing all logistics for the service.

ACP Asiedu was speaking at a ceremony in Accra, to receive a donated Jeep Cherokee vehicle and two telephone lines by a Ghanaian resident in the USA, Dr Oheneba Boachie-Agyei, to assist the East Legon Police Station in its operations.

He said with the rising population rate of the community with its associated security concerns, there was the need to elevate Legon to a District Police Command, and urged Legon residents to support the service that would help bring policing to their doorsteps.

He commended Dr Boachie for the gesture, which he described as a mark of confidence in the police service and a symbol of good civilian police relationship that the service hoped to consolidate. " It is worthy to note that the intervention of Dr Boachie must not only be lauded, but should serve as inspiration to other public spirited Ghanaian resident abroad and at home to support the noble effort of the police to ensure law and other", he added. The Assistant Commissioner of Police said the service would take up the challenge by Dr Boachie and any such potential from the public to live up to the onerous task of policing to act above reproach. He urged the officers to regularly maintain the vehicle. He also commended DSP Zakaria Dudimah, the Legon District Commander and his team for dedication of service.

Dr Oheneba Boachie Agyei said he deemed it a social responsibility to assist the police service to offer the necessary protection to all, especially as most Ghanaians in the United States were scared to come back to the country due to the upsurge of crime in recent times. " Ghanaians must not only consider what the country could offer them but must also begin to consider what they can offer to their motherland", he said.

He expressed the hope that he could influence his friends in the United States to also come home to support Ghana's socio-economic development and proposed to set up a programme that would help mobilise funds to curb crime in the area. Dr Boachie, a spinal surgeon hoped to provide orthopaedic care to Ghanaians and other developing countries and to develop an educational programme for local surgeons and health care providers.

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