Police officers, both senior and junior staff, from all police districts within the Adentan-Abokobi Division of the Ghana Police Service were recognised for their hard work and bravery at an end-of-year ceremony in Adentan last Friday, May 12.
Six officers of various ranks drawn from five police districts under the division are said to have achieved remarkable things in the course of their daily duties, and regularly go above and beyond the call of duty.
The six police officers were presented with certificates in recognition of their commitment, hard work and dedication being an outstanding contribution to policing over the last year.
The ceremony, dubbed West Africa Security Services Association (WASSA), was attended by high ranking officers, including Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCOP Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro, Accra Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner, ACP Joseph Yaw Gyawu, Adentan-Abokobi Divisional Commander, ACP Anane Danquah, Commander in charge of Madina Police Division, MCE for Adentan Nii Noi Adumuah and Mr. Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, MP for Adenta.
Presenting the awards, the Regional Commander, Osabarima Pinkro, said: “I am delighted to have presented these awards. We have excellent police officers in the Adentan-Abokobi Division. I have heard of you, your commitment to duty long before this day and the public should be reassured that we do have some of the best officers among us.”
“It is very important that we recognize your work as police officers. These awards are not for you to go and rest that you have done your best, but to motivate you and encourage your colleagues that whatever you are doing, the police administration is watching and will duly recognize you.”
“As I always say, officers who display courage and demonstrate a sense of professionalism should be motivated, both courage and commitment are the key. Well done to everyone,” the Regional Commander praised the awardees.
While addressing the ceremony, the Regional Commander made it clear and warned that disrespectful, corrupt and lazy ranks will be weeded out of the region, stating that, ” if you are a lazy police officer, then don’t come to Accra, Accra is not for lazy officers.”
According to him, the region is volatile to all manner of crime and therefore officers must be ready and alert at all time when called to duty, noting that during one of the downpours in the region, he called all districts and divisional police commanders and they responded positively and such officers were needed in the region to work
He applauded all police officers who dedicated themselves to duty over the years and assured that the region would continue to fight crime, especially armed robbery and land litigations which often result in chieftaincy conflicts.
DCOP Osabarima however called on residents within the division and the general public to support the police with information on criminals, and as well provide logistics to combat crime.
The Adentan-Abokobi Divisional Commander, ACP Joseph Gyawu, said the Division is bedeviled with various violent crimes, including robbery, break-in of houses, car-snatching, land guards menace frauds, stealing and unending trespassing of lands.
“Our jurisdiction became the flash points and a headache for the police administration. It took the combined efforts of the Regional Command and the Division to bring down this menace to minimal level. The arrest of eight hardened criminals of robbers, car snatchers has also helped in minimizing crime rate of the jurisdiction. All these suspects are being dealt with at the various courts whilst those on the run are also pursued to face justice,” he stated.
According to ACP Gyawu, the resurgence of crime in the Division was due to the area becoming one of the fastest developing zones in the region, hence plans were far in advance to open new police stations in some of the crime-prone communities to step up the fight against crime.
The Divisional Commander noted that, whilst the Division continues to map out strategies to combat crime, it is also faced with numerous challenges, including inadequate personnel, lack of accommodation for most of the men who travel far to respond to duty and insufficient logistics, especially vehicles to patrol and respond to calls promptly.
He assured residents that the police will remain determined to fight crime with the available resources, so they could move freely without any hindrance, but appealed to them to volunteer information on criminals, as well offer logistical support to provide 24/7 security service in the jurisdiction.
ACP Gyawu also disclosed that the police has taken upon itself to reach out the residents at various places, including schools, churches, mosques, lorry stations and media outlets, to sensitize residents on security, as well on dangerous use of drugs by some youth and its consequence in society.
Some of the officers who received awards were Chief Inspector George Ayensah, Detective Inspector Gladys Annor, General Sergeant E.K Elolor, General Corporal Bright Boakye, Detective L/Corporal John Afawubor, General L/Cpl Emmanuel Mensah and Detective Inspector Justice Agbetor.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba