June 29, 2019
The Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery has told Parliament the joint police/military patrol had been increased to reduce arm robbery in the country.

According to the Interior Minister, “operation calm life” has been intensified in the fight against crime and arm robbery in the country.

He further told the House the police administration has stepped up its intelligence operation across the country resulting in the arrest of high profile robberies and crime.

“Mr. Speaker, the cumulative effect of all the efforts has had an impact in reducing robbery. In the last half of 2018, June to December 2018, there was one thousand, one hundred and one (1,101) as compared to eight hundred and sixty-eight (868) from January to date.

Government has in the past eighteen (18) months presented four hundred and eight-one (481) vehicles to the Ghana police service.

Again, last year government approved the recruitment of four thousand 4000 personnel into the Ghana Police Service of which two hundred are currently undergoing training at various centers in the country”.

Mr. Ambrose Dery noted that efforts to curb the menace has introduced additional security measures to deal robustly with armed robbery as well as increase its patrols in the communities along the highways.

“The Bolgatanga-Bawku-Garu highways has been factored in the operational plans of the Ghana Police Service”.

Mr. Ambrose Dery made this remarks when Member of Parliament for Garu, Albert Akuka Alalzuuga wanted to know measures put in place to reduce armed robbery in the country.

“Security is said to be a shared responsibility, we expect the security officials to do their work and flush out these social miscreants; the officers will depend on information from the public in order to arrest the robbers”, Ambrose Dery Said.

He admonished the public to continue to give the police vital information about the activities of criminals so as to enable the police deliver efficiently on their mandate.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com