The Ghana Police has launched a motorbike patrols for neighbourhood safety in the country.
The event witnessed some top hierarchy of the Ghana Police Service including the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu.
Speaking at the Launch, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. David Asante Apeatu said the launch is part of the bigger picture of the Police’s transformation agenda.
He noted that, transforming the Ghana Police Service is a strategic response to the complexity of the evolving police tasks globally and Ghana in particular. Mr. Asante Apeatu indicated that the Police will not sit and wait for crimes to be reported for action to be taken.
“The Police will no longer sit and wait for crimes to be reported for action to be taken, neither does it rely on the traditional crime prevention and detection methodologies. Crime is fluid and moves across space and time with the aid of technology, the task of the Police globally is evolving and require initiative and drive to realign strategies,” he added.
IGP added that, the 59 man-squad has been taken through defensive riding and crime combat training to respond swiftly and robustly to crime scenes.
“The 59 man-squad who has been taken through defensive riding and crime combat training, it is high-risk training designed, develop and delivered to prepare the officers to respond and robustly to crime scenes that hitherto were inaccessible by Police Patrol Teams”
He furthered by sounding a word of warning to criminals elements in the society especially those who are in the habit of using motorbikes to commit crime. He added that this new squad supported by other operation teams are poised and will not be kind with perpetrators when caught in the act.
Mr. Asante Apeatu noted that, the advent of the usage of motorbikes in perpetuating violent crime pushed the Police Administration to create this special squad. “The advent of the usage of motorbikes in perpetuating violent crime pushed the Police Administration to create this special squad who are trained with the capacity to respond adequately and bring to book such social miscreants who think they can be smarter on motorbikes”
He added that, this is the first batch and many more are being screened to beef up, he was quick to add that, the intention of the Police Administration is to replicate this squad in all the 11 Police Regions. Mr. David Asante Apeatu however tasked the team to be professional and more citizen-friendly in discharging their duties.
“I believe the training have sharpened your professional edge that you are more citizen-friendly and respect for human rights through everything you will be doing, professional errors must be minimized as the training you had was purposed to reduce such error” “I entreat you all to do your utmost best to remain professional in all your endeavours” he noted.
He assured the team of the full backing of the Police Administration as long as they stay within the confines of the rules of engagement in their Unit.
By: Cobby Sackitey