THE GH¢10,000 BOUNTY ON LAPAZ KILLERS

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr David Asante Apeatu, last Friday announced a bounty for anyone who would volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of the two suspected armed robbers who opened fire on two policemen at Lapaz in Accra on Thursday.

The two policemen of the Community Policing Unit are the late Daniel Owusu and Constable Alhassan Jabrine, who is still responding to treatment, were said to have been attacked by the armed robbers in a Hollywood movie style in broad day light, at Lapaz, as residents looked on helplessly.

In as much as the GH¢ 10,000 motivational package may be in the right direction to trigger people who may have information about the two alleged robbers to give same, the availability of basic policing logistics like bullet proof vests could have saved the late Daniel Owusu.

Some of the logistics the police visibly lack include communication gadgets, guns, and cars, which could ensure quick and responsive policing.

Apart from providing them with these items, it behoves the police to be disciplined and to make use of the items in their line of duty to avert the series of calamity that has befallen them in recent times.

The killing of policemen by armed robbers is becoming too rampant in the country and a solution must be found to this unfortunate trend.

Before the Lapaz incident, three police personnel, while on duty, had been reportedly gunned down by armed robbers between May and July.

They are Corporal Robert Kumi, who was mistaken for an armed robber and shot by his colleagues at Dawadawa in the Northern Region, Constable Michael Kporyi, who was killed by armed robbers in Ashaiman and Lance Corporal Kweku Mensah, who was also killed in the Central Region by armed men.

Crime, they say, is a step ahead of police intelligence, but the police must also work assiduously to respond to the threat these criminals pose to its personnel, by equipping them with adequate logistics to enable them stand up to these criminals.

Currently, Ghana falls short of one police to civilian ratio of a policeman to 500 people as prescribed by the United Nations. What pertains in the country is a police to 700 citizens.

Per this statistics, it is not in the interest of the country to continue losing its young and energetic police officers to callous armed robbers.

The importance of the police to the peace and security of Ghana and its citizens should not and cannot be underestimated.

It in this regard that The Ghanaian Times calls on the police administration to resource its personnel and ensure that they make use of those logistics in protecting their own lives and extending same to the civilian population.

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