Two hundred and seventy-three defilement cases were reported in the Central Region in 2016 as compared to 191 cases recorded in 2015, representing a 42.9 per cent increase.
Additionally, rape cases leaped from 38 in 2015 to 56 in 2016, which represents 46.5 per cent increase.
The Central Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Rev. David Nenyi Ampah-Bennin gave the figure at the 2016 Regional Police Command WASSA organised at the Regional Police Headquarters in Cape Coast.
He said that the region recorded 18,679 reported cases of crime in 2016 as against 18,676 cases recorded in 2015.
On stealing cases, he explained that, the region witnessed a reduction from 4,024 registered in 2015 to 3,703 in 2016.
DCOP Ampah-Bennin further said that: “possessing narcotic drug cases dropped from 71 to 38, representing 46.5 per cent reduction.”
“Murder cases reduced to 39 as against 49 recorded in 2015 which shows a decrease of 7.7 per cent” he said.
He also stated that robbery cases reduced from 156 in 2015 to 79 in 2016 and that represented a decrease of 13.4 per cent.
The Regional Police Commander indicated that, the tremendous increase in reported cases of defilement and rape was due to an awareness creation campaign undertaken by personnel from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU).
DCOP Ampah-Bennin explained that the service organised a number of intelligence which led to successful swoops on crime and other major identified criminal dens and hideouts.
“Persons arrested with exhibits are being prosecuted at the various law courts all over the region,” he said.
He appealed to all stakeholders to assist the police with vital information that would enhance the fight against crime in the region and the country in general.
Touching on discipline, DCOP Ampah-Bennin explained that two police officers were dismissed from the service for conducts which went against the rules and regulations of the Ghana Police Service.
Six other personnel, he noted, had their ranks reduced; five were reprimanded, while six others were given various disciplinary punishments for unprofessional conducts.
He, therefore, warned police personnel in the region to desist from acts that would bring the name of the Police Service into disrepute.
“Personnel are therefore advised not to go against the rules and regulations of the Service in order not to face disciplinary charges and its prescribed punishment,” he said.
On road accidents, DCOP Ampah-Bennin stated that the Command had directed the Kasoa, Apam and Winneba Police to show maximum presence on that stretch of the Cape Coast-Accra highway to manage and direct traffic as the situation may demand.
The Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, in his address, commended the security agencies for their contribution in maintaining peace and security in the region.
He, however, expressed concern about the rate of road traffic accidents on the Accra-Cape Coast highway and appealed to the police to collaborate with stakeholders to address the menace.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast