The Northern Region recorded 50 murder cases and 51 armed robbery cases in 2016, an increase over the previous year’s record, of 45 for murder and 41 for robbery.
The region also recorded 25 rape cases in 2016 as against 17 cases in 2015 while defilement cases dropped from 67 in 2015 to 38 in 2016.
It also recorded 83 cases of causing unlawful harm in 2016 compared to 86 of such cases in 2015, while other crimes stood at 2,999 in 2016 as against 2,201 of such cases in 2015.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Patrick Adusei Sarpong, Regional Police Commander, announced these during this year’s West Africa Soldiers Social Activities (WASSA) celebrations of the regional command, in Tamale.
The event was also used as a send-off party for the former Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Ken Yeboah, who is now the Ashanti Regional Police Commander.
ACP Sarpong said 312 road accidents occurred in 2016 whereas 135 people were killed and 560 sustained injuries, as against 259 road accidents in 2015, out of which 108 people were killed and 446 sustained injuries.
He said: “We stand to uphold high professionalism devoid of behavioural tendencies that tend to dent our hard earned image.”
ACP Sarpong commended DCOP Yeboah for initiating the ongoing construction of a 160-seating capacity auditorium at the regional police headquarters and fencing of the Tamale Police Barracks.
DCOP Yeboah, in a speech read on his behalf, expressed gratitude to police personnel in the region for supporting him to discharge his duties when he worked in the region, and urged them to lend their support to the new Commander.
Mr. Salifu Saeed, the Regional Minister, encouraged senior police officers “to shepherd the young ones to uphold professionalism in the discharge of their duties”.
Mr. Saeed commended the Police Service for ensuring law and order in the region, and said government was working to address challenges, especially inadequate accommodation of the police. – GNA