The Ashanti regional police command has cited a number of human resource and logistical challenges affecting effective policing in the region.
The regional command complains governments embargo on new police recruitments, retirement of personnel and the spate of deaths among the ranks of the police have thinned out the staff of the command drastically.
The Deputy Ashanti regional police Commander ACP Osei Ampofo Duku pointed these challenges out to the Minister of Interior Prosper Bani and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor who are on a working tour in the region.
The police chief lamented that the service has among other inadequacies in vehicles have had to deploy this constrained staff to the entire newly constructed district and circuit police posts in the region.
“For the past two and a half years, there have been a lot of police stations and police posts. But we have been experiencing a lot of deaths among our personnel, some are going on retirement, and recruitments have been stalled since 2012. And so the few men that we have are being spread thinner and that makes our operation quite ineffective,’ ACP Ampofo Duku complained.
The deputy police commander further indicated that the command has been compelled to repair broken down old vehicles to serve some district with several other police stations in the region lacking police vehicles despite eight vehicles donated to them by benevolent residents of the region.
Responding to these complaints however, the interior minister Prosper Bani empathized with the situation and promised to commit the needed personnel and logistics needed by the command with dispatch.
“As you are aware, we are going through a recruitment process to improve the capability of the force, to ensure that the numbers are positioned appropriately to maintain law and order. We will also through assessment at various levels support your logistics, your weapons, armaments and also uniforms,” he assured.
He also charged the police to live to the billing in the discharge of their duties to justify the promised deployment of the resources.
The Ashanti regional command has lately had its hands full with armed robberies, illegal mining, Fulani menace and skirmishes in troubled communities involving its personnel and angered community members.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9fm/Ivan Koshie Heathcote -Fumador