The Ejisu Police has been upgraded to a Divisional status, following the completion of a GH¢500,000 ultra-modern edifice to serve as offices for its headquarters at Ejisu, in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality.
At a colourfll outdooring ceremony last Thursday at Ejisu, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), said the elevation of the district, which formerly served under Konongo and later Effiduase, was a step further to boost crime fighting in its area of operation.
He said the inauguration of the Command with Domeabra, Ejisu and Juaben as its administrative jurisdiction, brings to 77 the number of divisional commands in the country.
Ashanti Region, he said, could boast of 14 out of the number, hinting that two more at Abuakwa and Asawasi would soon be opened to strengthen police visibility.
The IGP said the opening of more police stations had been necessitated by the fast springing up of new locations, where there were no human habitations, as well as new technology and social advancement, leading to the emergence of new crimes.
“Without corresponding advances in police strength, infrastructure and logistics, public support and co-operation, it would be difficult to curb these complex challenges,” he added.
Mr. Alhassan stressed the need for collaborative effort between the police and other stakeholders, and used the occasion to appeal to the chiefs and people of Juaben to co-operate to ensure the early completion of the Juaben District Police Headquarters started some time ago.
Mr Peter Anarfi Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, expressed contentment at the prevailing peace, the area was currently enjoying as a result of the efforts of the police.
However, he cautioned the police against complacency, as security was needed for the socio-economic development of every society.
The Regional Minister further admonished them to adhere to human rights, uphold the confidentiality of informants and above all, handle all cases with high level of professionalism.
He said government was doing its best to address problems faced by the police so as to help them give of their best to ensure peace and tranquility in society.
Mr Anarfi Mensah called on assemblies to include police accommodation in their policy plans, to make their work effective and efficient.
Public-spirited individuals and organisations later donated 13 motorbikes, in addition to cash, to fuel their vehicles and to facilitate mobility in crime combat.
The edifice, funded under the Urban Grant One and Two, a World Bank (WB) Project, includes the charge office, an armoury, station officers, Crime Division, and DOVVSU.
Other facilities are male and female cells, and washrooms.