The regional police command making up of the deputy regional police commander DSP Edward Oduro Kwateng ,regional crime officer Alhaji Husein Musah,Sissala West District police commander Raymond Gai and other police officers this morning had a a community engagement with residents of Tumu in as part of plans to curb crime rates in the area.
Among the participants present were some stakeholders, the GPRTU chairman and his other executive members, the Moshi chief, the NDC chairman, the Presiding member and also an assembly member for Kusinjan The community interaction was held at the Tumu main lorry station is part of plans by the Regional Command to curb crime rate in the Upper West Region. Sisaala East and West Districts have been the most prone areas when it comes to crimes, ranging from burglary, motor theft, cattle rustling and armed robbery.
The assembly member for the zongo electoral area Mr. Bawa Mahama Wutor facilitated the interaction since it was hosted in his jurisdiction. The regional crime officer who spoke on behalf of the regional command first schooled the participants on community policing, issues harmed on were, information flow from community members to police on criminal activities, on-interference in the work of the police, the need for logistical support and so forth.He admonished on them to be forthcoming with information on crimes, so as to facilitate the work of the police. He also bemoaned the anti-policing attitude of elders in the community interfering in the work of the police any time a culprit is arrested.
The regional crime officer also revealed that, plans are far advanced to establish police posts at vantage points(communities) with logistical support pledged by the MP Hon Abass Raidwan Daudi. and this would include the flash point within the Gwollu -Tumu-Kupulima and Leo enclave which has being a safe heaven for armed robbery activities.
The GPRTU chairman Alhaji Oseini Mahamoud made a passionate appeal to the police command to always insist on cargo drivers showing genuine waybills for any goods conveyed so as to truck theft cases for one two occasions goods loaded by trucks were diverted by truck owners without trace. He also appealed to the police for punitive measures to check on reckless ridding among the youth of Tumu especially those the tricycle riders.
Another participant admonished on the police command to instill discipline on their men to eschew the attitude of disclosing the identity of people giving them information on criminals for such trend has led to the death of one driver last year and could deter the public from helping in that regard. Another participant revealed the trend of police escorts alighting at Wahabu town instead of Tumu and how it may one day expose passengers to armed attack along the way to Tumu. The same person intimated the silence of police on overloading by the urvan drivers at the peril of passengers has being a source great worry to the people and hence should be looked into.
The manager for Radforfm,Mr.Mohammed Ballu cautioned the police in their quest to get a new police commander for the Sisaala East District should ensure the person be of incorruptible, discipline, listening and proactive person as the commander who just left and anything less than these qualities bargained for is most likely to meet resistance from the people, because the commander that has just left thought the people what real community policing is.
Mr Bawa Mahama Wutor on behalf of the people expressed their gratitude for given this rare opportunity to voice out their grievances as far as security of the area is concerned.