The Keta Central Neighbourhood Watch Committee has been commended for assisting the police in the fight against crime and ensuring law and order.
The Keta District Police Commander, Superintendent (Supt) Jordan Quaye, told the Ghanaian Times that, the committee and Togbui James Ocloo V, chief of the area, has helped the police in the discharge of their duties.
The Police Commander said the crime rate at Vodza, Adzicto, Kedzi and the Keta townships, had reduced following the vigilance of the committee.
Supt. Quaye said that the committee members had trained in crime prevention, arrest procedures, community support service and voluntarism, saying the committee would be formed at Fegbui, Dzelukope, Abutiakope and Anloga.
He said a meeting would be held to plan a training schedule for volunteers, and appealed to individuals to support the initiative.
Supt. Quaye said community policing was a shared responsibility, and appealed to the people to form more neighbourhood watch committees, to protect lives and property.
He appealed to the communities to report suspicious characters to the police especially those who use canoes to smuggle small arms and drugs.
Supt. Quaye advised fishermen, who engage in pair trawling and light fishing to desist from the practice or risk arrest and prosecution.
He cautioned that parents, who would shirk their responsibility, could be sent to court, reminding the public of the children’s Act 560 of 1998, which seeks to protect children.
Supt. Quaye asked the people to stop polluting water bodies, and warned that children who patronise jackpots or gambling venues would be dealt with.
He appealed to leaders of political parties to educate their supporters on how to conduct themselves during elections, saying the police would not countenance any unruly behavior during the period.
BY Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu