- The fight against crime has intensified in Ghana following bouts of armed robbery cases
- There has been a massive shake-up in the police force as all seven top officials of the police have been reshuffled
- One of the steps against crime is the deployment of the military on principal streets of Accra
Following recent cases of armed robbery in the country, the Ghana Police Department has introduced some drastic measures to deal with crime and insecurity once and for all.
The information minister, Mustapha Hamid, has revealed that government will be deploying a joint police and military task force across all major streets in the capital of Accra.
Also, the Ghana police service has issued drastic changes in the top hierarchy of the police which has seen all seven top positions in the police department reshuffled.
Below are some drastic measures the national security council has introduced to tackle crime once and for all.
1. Deployment of heavy military personnel across the major streets of Accra.
2. Special police raids at some parts of the country so as to scare all criminals away.
3. Lighting up the entire cities and communities through a special lighting program. This is to make it uncomfortable for armed robbers to attack.
4. Massive surveillance across all banks and Forex bureaus including mobile money joints.
5. Installation of CCTV cameras at all banks and other financial institutions.
6. Massive surveillance of all CCTV cameras in the country through a special monitoring program.
7. The security personnel will crack down on citizens using mounted sirens on vehicles illegally.
Meanwhile, the public is being entreated to stay calm as all these security reforms are aimed to deal with crime in the country. Ghana recorded close to 80 cases of armed in January 2018 alone as compared to 60 cases in 2017.
Records by the Ghana Police Service reveal that the ratio of security officials to civilians currently stands at 1 policeman to 500 Ghanaians. This troubling reality falls in sharp contrast with the success stories of various African countries who have a satisfactory of police per civilian ratio.
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