The Ashanti Regional Police Command has deployed about 4,200 police officers to clamp down on criminal activities before, during and after the Christmas and New Year festivities.
The Regional Police Commander, COP Ken Yeboah, has since charged the officers to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
He said the Command will deal ruthlessly with any officer found extorting monies from suspects and those found misconducting themselves in the course of duty.
“During this period, we have the criminals also trying to infiltrate to take away from people. They are also going to give us problems, and that is what we are going to prevent. We are not going to allow anybody to tarnish the reputation that we have built…. I expect you to work hard. Be professional in whatever you are going to do. I will not tolerate any form of indiscipline from you. Let us give our best to mother Ghana,” he said.
While urging the officers to be tough and arrest lawbreakers, he said anyone found guilty of any crime will not be spared.
COP Ken Yeboah also charged the police officers to arrest anyone found riding in unregistered vehicles, particularly motorbikes.
“Wherever you found anybody riding a motorbike which is unregistered, please arrest and impound the motorbike and bring it here. Unregistered vehicles, if it is after 6 pm, arrest the person and bring the vehicle here. We are going to organize swoops from tomorrow, everywhere in the city, so that we allow residents enjoy the Christmas period. We will not allow the criminals to put fear in anybody,” he said.
“I do not want to hear anybody extorting money from anybody. If you do that and I get you, you know what I will do to you,” he said.
COP Yeboah reminded the police that the ban on the use of explosives was still in force and urged them to be on the lookout.
He also urged the public to cooperate with the police by giving credible information as they aim to maintain law and order throughout the festivities.
A combined team from the Formed Police Unit, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department and the Anti-robbery squad are currently on an admission float on the principal streets of Kumasi to assure the residents of their readiness to fight crime.
By: Hafiz Tijani/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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