11 June 2012

Ghana: IGP Angry Over Increase in Criminal Cases

Wa — THE INSPECTOR-General of Police (IGP) has expressed worry over the unprecedented rise in the region's criminal cases recorded in the year 2011, saying the situation is inexcusable. The Upper West Region recorded 221,107 criminal cases last year.

The Police chief, who undertook a tour of the Upper West Region, described the situation as totally unacceptable and warned that his administration would no longer tolerate the 'lukewarm attitude' of some police detectives, whose actions are tarnishing the service's image.

Mr. Quaye, therefore, encouraged his men and women to take advantage of the numerous training packages made available to improve their skills and knowledge, as required to meet international policing standards.

He disclose that his administration has put in place a five-year strategic and national policing plan, aimed at upgrading the service to a world class one.

Touching on trouble spots in the region, the IGP called on the personnel to intensify their patrols, improve upon their intelligence gathering, increase their visibility, as well as partner with traditional leaders in the area to maintain law and order.

The Upper West Regional Police Commander, ACP Mr. Addae Acheampong, who briefed the IGP on the security situation, mentioned lack of accommodation facilities and inadequate personnel as some of the major challenges affecting the operations of the Command and bad roads network.

He bemoaned the recent chieftaincy disputes that have affected the rather peaceful Upper West Region.

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