IGP says police efforts reducing crime
The Ghana Police Service has made strides in discharging its duty in all facets of policing across the country.
The Service has intensified crime prevention strategies especially visibility policing to ensure that major crimes were cut down.
Mr John Kudalor, the Inspector General of Police, speaking at the annual end of year Police get-together in Accra, said murder cases in 2015 reduced from 543 in 2014 to 525, while robbery cases recorded 1,116 in 2014 and 1,011 in 2015.
The statistics also revealed that rape cases reduced from 514 in 2014 to 415 in 2015, while defilement cases recorded 55,684 in 2014 and 49,739 in 2015.
The IGP said the visibility policing concept has been expanded to other municipalities and towns such as Techiman, Dorma Ahenkro, Kintampo, Nkronza and Dodowa.
The Police Service in 2015 deployed the first ever Formed Police Unit personnel of the Service to South Sudan on United Nations Mission.
Mr Kudalor said the Service won the admiration of the international community causing the UN to place an order for 100 more from Ghana.
He assured Ghanaians of the Police Service’s commitment to collaborate with other security services to ensure peaceful elections in the November polls.
“This is attested through the inauguration of a National Election Security Task Force to ensure a very exhaustive and encompassing preparation for the upcoming elections,” he added.
The IGP called on political parties, social commentators and phone in callers to exercise maximum restraint when commenting on the election on air to avoid inflaming and causing political unrest.
“The Police Administration will not take kindly to non-conformist, hooligans and recalcitrant citizens who may decide to flout the electoral laws during the elections”.
Mr Mark Owen Wayongo, the outgoing Minister of the Interior, commended the Service for their competencies in law enforcement and internal security, advising them to be on top of issues at all times and be ahead of the criminals.
Mr Wayongo said there was the need to maximize their operations with the public since citizens were critical in facilitating their work.