The Central Regional Police Command under the able leadership of DCOP Rev. David Nenyi Ampah-Bennin, the Regional Commander, has adopted strategies aimed at crime prevention in the region. The strategies which include comprehensive public education, police visibility and strong partnership with the media was launched in a meeting which had in attendance, all District and Divisional Commanders in the region, representatives of all media outlets in the region, the Regional Commander and all heads of Departments at the Regional Police Headquarters.
Addressing his maiden meeting with Senior Officers and the media, the regional Commander regarded the media as stakeholders who play critical role in crime prevention. “It is a privilege to host you at this morning program not as media men and women in the region but as stakeholders who have been identified to help in crime fighting in the region”.
Members of the Superior Officers of the Police Service in the Central Region at the Launch.
According to him, the Central Regional Police Command will carry all their functions and mandate as enshrined in the laws which include Investigations, Arrest, Prosecution, detection of crime among others but will mainly focus their attention on crime prevention. “With the preventive aspect, the Regional Police is going to concentrate on public education, police visibility and assessment. This is going to take the form of outreach programs at Lorry Stations, Community Durbars, Schools, Market places, Churches and media discussions. The Service is using Officers in the various departments as Resource Persons to make presentations to the public on different topics such as: domestic violence, criminal investigations, procedure at the Police Station, road traffic regulations, human trafficking, information sharing, how to preserve evidence, the rights of victims, suspects or accused persons at the Police Station and available channels that members of the public can lodge a complaint of unprofessionalism against a Police Officer” said the Regional Commander.
The Police by this Program seek to sensitize the public about their role as Citizens in helping the Police to combat crime. The program is supposed to kick off in all the districts in the region right after the launch. The Regional Command will also play strategic role in making sure that Intelligence based Swoops are conducted timeously to apprehend criminals from their hideouts and ghettos.
The Police Chief assured the public of Police commitment towards working assiduously to drastically reduce and combat crime in the region. The public was also assured of plans advanced to reduce carnage on the highways. On the issue of galamsey, the Commander said there was a national plan to combat the canker of which the Central Regional Command will play a key role.
The media were entreated to assist the Police Service to combat crime. Rev David pledged his support and willingness to always liaise with the media as he sees them as major stakeholders in the fight against crime. He therefore, promised to meet the media on quarterly basis for dialogue and strategies towards reducing crime in the region.