IGP David Asante Apeatu
Residents safety within the Builsa South District are at risk as Police in the District continued to operate without a lead Divisional Commander to tackle a rising crime rate, Dr Clement Abasenab Apaak, Member of Parliament for the Builsa South Constituency said.
According to the lawmaker, the whole of Builsa Division of the Police administration do not have a Commander, thereby making crime fight ineffective.
He said, information from the constituency recently, revealed that the number of armed robbery offences against residents has risen since 2018, with the attack on traders and market women been the most victims, stating that, the deprived communities are becoming more dangerous with police soft approach to crime.
The Deputy Rankin of Education Committee of Parliament told THE REPUBLIC, crime rate is skyrocketing in the constituency as three separate armed robbery incident has been recorded within a short period of early this year.
“The Builsa South Constituency has been greatly impacted by the crime wave sweeping the communities, with robbery in the area rising up and related offences also up.
“Not only do we have a situation where crime rates are continuing to rise, but we also do not enough police in the District to help combat this and make our communities safer.
“As I am Speaking, the whole of Builsa South do not have a Divisional Police Commander and this could be thee possible reason why crime rates in Builsa South continue to rise.”
“Every month if not weeks there is report about attempted break-ins and attack.attaché proved communities have also been hit with a number of armed robbery ’s recently, which has been terrifying for residents.
“It is time for Builsa South communities to be heard. We desperately need more police personnel resources and a lead Divisional Commander that reflect the Residents expectations, to deal with rising crime.
“If the Police Administration and government failed to provide more police personnel with a commander, crime will continue to rise and people will continue to feel unsafe in their homes and communities.”
This, he said, compelled him to dragged the Minister for Interior, Hon Ambrose Dery to the floor of parliament on Thursday November 8, to explain.
“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for the Interior when a District Police Commander will be posted to Builsa South to head the Builsa South Divisional Police Headquarters and what is being done to improve law and order in Builsa South”Dr. Apaak asked.
However, in response to the question, Mr Dery said, the Builsa South District has only one Police Station located at Fumbisi which is the District Capital. Apart from the Police Station, there is no office accommodation at any of the communities within the Builsa South District ostensibly for the Police to use as a Police District or Divisional Headquarters.
“Mr. Speaker, Security in general within the Builsa South District is calm apart from petty crime such as stealing of livestock. No robbery has been recorded in the District this year,” the Minister told Parliament.
The Minister said, the Police Service would consider deploying a District Commander to the Builsa South District when adequate facilities are available for the Police to use as a Police District Headquarters.
He also assured the MP that government is doing everything humanely possible to equip the police to contain crime and called for cooperation from residents to as crime combat remained collective responsibility.