The Interior Minister Mr. Ambrose Dery has said the government is very much committed to the fight against the armed robbery menace in the country and other criminal activities.
He said the commitment of government has been demonstrated by its relentless efforts in equipping the Ghana Police Service with patrol vehicles as well as logistical support for the discharge of their mandate.
Answering a question in parliament on Tuesday, the minister said government last year approved the recruitment of 4,000 personnel into the Ghana Police Service of which 200 are currently undergoing training at various centers in the country.
He indicated that for the past 18 months, four hundred and eighty-one vehicles have been handed over to the police.
He revealed before legislators that the police have also stepped up their intelligence operations across the country, which resulted in the arrest of persons, involved in high profile robberies and other criminal activities.
The police he added has also increased its patrols in communities and highways as part of efforts to deal with robberies.
Mr. Ambrose Dery said the efforts of the police have helped in reducing robbery cases nationwide saying ‘’the recorded robbery cases in the last half of 2018-that is June-December 2018 was 1, 101 as compared to 868 from January 2019 to date.’’
The security he stressed ‘’is a shared responsibility’’ hence the need for the public to volunteer information to assist the police to deal with criminals.
Government a few weeks ago presented some 109 vehicles to the Ghana Police Service.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made the presentation on behalf of Government on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the headquarters in Accra.
The vehicles comprised 16 buses, five towing trucks, four water tanks, 50 ToyotHiluxux pickups, five ambulances, 10 Toyota V, s and 19 Toyota troopers.
The fleet forms part other government’s moves to equip security agencies with logistics and resources needed to effectively and efficiently discharge their duties, according to him.
“In all the government of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has provided to the police 481 vehicles since it assumed office in 2017,” Dr. Bawumia revealed.
He said Government would continue to assist the Police by providing the essential support the service needs in order to protect citizens and non-citizens in Ghana.