A total of 4,717 major criminal cases were recorded countrywide last year, by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
About 4,738 cases were recorded the previous year.
The breakdowns are as follows: robbery-1411, rape 451, murder 525, and defilement 1,630.
The Director-General of the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor, disclosed this at 2015 West African Security Services Association (WASSA) which brought together top senior police officers and other dignitaries.
The guests were entertained by the Police Central Band, and guest performers including Superintendent Kofi Sarpong.
COP Agblor said the major crime indicators recorded in the country showed decrease, except in rape and robbery.
“Narcotics cases also recorded marginal increases during the period under references,” he said, adding that cannabis sativa, commonly called Indian Hemp, contributed to approximately 95 per cent of the narcotic cases”.
He said crime had become sophisticated which had necessitated the establishment of a Cyber Crime Unit at the CID Headquarters last year.
COP Agblor stated that the CID had embarked on vigorous training of its personnel to boost their skills, and cautioned the personnel to desist from negative practices and work within the confines of the law.
“The Police Administration will not shield unscrupulous police officers who engage in negative practices to dent the image of the Service,” he warned.
He commended developmental partners for their contribution throughout the years, in crime prevention.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor, in his address, commended the personnel for their dedication to duty and assured them of the Police Administration’s continuous support.
He said “policing has become more dynamic,” adding that the country had adopted the best practices such as police patrol, traffic police and intelligence gathering.