ENSURING PUBLIC SAFETY DURING EASTER CELEBRATIONS
At the time of reading this editorial, one would have noticed that the police has deployed personnel in communities across the country, to ensure public safety during the Easter celebrations.
According to the police, a total of 14,000 personnel are to be deployed from today to maintain law and order in the country.
The personnel, selected from the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT), Rapid Deployment Force, Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Counter Terrorism Unit, Highway Patrols, Formed Police Unit and Marine Police Unit among others, would be deployed for day and night patrols to ensure public safety.
In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, Commissioner of Police (COP) George Alex Mensah, the Director General of Police Operations, disclosed that the personnel would be deployed to areas such as beaches, convention centres, churches and other public places.
He said out of the total number of personnel deployed, 500 would be sent to Kwahu to support the Eastern Regional Command during the Easter.
COP Mensah said, 100 personnel would be sent to the Ashanti Region to provide security during the 20 years anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene in Kumasi.
The Director General pointed out that personnel from MTTD would be deployed on the road to ensure free flow of traffic and to enforce traffic regulations.
Although this is not the first time that the police has deployed men during a festive period, we must commend them for this regular effort in ensuring public safety during Easter.
We all know that during periods like these, miscreants and criminals take advantage of the mood of the people and commit all manner of crimes, including armed robbery and murder.
Also, motorists who disregard motor traffic regulations notoriously involve themselves in needless accidents that claim innocent lives.
This is why we applaud the police for deploying men into the communities and streets to maintain law and order.
We all know from the past that motorists in particular are guilty of speeding during this period in an attempt to reach their destinations very early, and in the process, many lives are lost unnecessarily through avoidable accidents.
We are hoping that the mere presence of police personnel on the streets and in the communities would deter them from disobeying traffic regulations on the road and prevent accidents.
Similarly, we hope that their presence would ward off criminals and provide the public with the security that is needed for the celebration of the Easter festivities.
The Ghanaian Times takes this opportunity to wish our cherished readers a very happy Easter.