Ho West Police holds WASSA

THE strong and sustained collaborative efforts between the police and some public spirited individuals to fight crime in the Ho West District is yielding positive results, according to the District Police Commander, Superintendent Felicia Ayesu.

“Offences like assault, stealing, causing harm, defilement, rape and robbery have now reduced to the barest minimum,” she said.

Superintendent Ayesu was speaking at the annual West Africa Security Services Association (WASSA) of police personnel of the district held at Anyirawase last week.

She said that intensive outreach programmes carried out in the communities by the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), to educate the public on household issues, had also enlightened the people on the need to report crime early to the police for prompt action to be taken.

Meanwhile, the District Police Commander stated that the police barrier at Kporvi, which served as a buffer zone between Tsito and Peki had brought the old land conflict between the two areas under control.

The peace, she said, had further been consolidated by the recent formation of the Tsito-Peki Land Settlement Committee.

However, she said that a major challenge facing the district was the lack of adequate personnel at the various police stations, resulting from transfers without replacement “as some officers are unwilling to work in rural communities.”

The district police commander revealed that the absence of computers at some of the stations was also inimical to the swift execution of police duties.

Superintendent Ayesu commended officers of the six police stations in the district, for their dedication and zeal in enforcing law and order at all times in the district.

The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr Maxwell Blagodzi, who was a special guest at the function pointed out that the Constitution placed a duty on police personnel to protect the democratic values of the land at all times.

He, therefore, entreated the police to always respect the fundamental rights of the citizens during the discharge of their duties.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, ANYIRAWASE

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