Police-citizen ratio closes up
It also stressed the need for works on all uncompleted accommodation projects which have stalled to be completed to help improve the accommodation problem of staff, as well as that of new recruits, who have been posted to the Region.
The 90 newly recruited personnel are being housed in the workshop of the Service due to lack of accommodation.
The Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Ransford Moses Ninson, who made the appeal, commended the Government for recruiting a large number of police personnel to close up the deficit in the police citizen ratio, adding that, the corresponding facilities and equipment must be made available to aid their work.
He made the appeal when the Central Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Sarpong met security personnel made up of the Police, Fire and Immigration Services at the Central Region Police Headquarters in Cape Coast.
DCOP Ninson said Ghana is getting close to the United Nations’ standard ratio, adding that, currently there is one Policeman to 500 people.
He revealed that the barracks at Apam is in a very deplorable state and the Command had to evacuate all personnel living there since it had become a death-trap.
DCOP Ninson said despite all these challenges, the Police administration had put measures in place to provide adequate security for the citizenry without fear.
The Regional Minister commended the Security Services for the peaceful atmosphere in the Region and urged them not to rest on their oars but work to maintain the peace.
He said the Government was committed to resourcing all security agencies in the country to facilitate their work.
He, however, expressed concern about the rate of illegal mining activities, which was destroying water bodies in the Region, nearly drying up River Prah for instance, and stressed that the situation had affected water supply in some parts of its catchments area in the Central and Western Regions.
The Heads of Immigration and Fire Services took turns to enumerate their challenges to the Minister; notable among them was accommodation, transportation and logistics.