The Community 25 Residents Association has handed over a magnificent police station to the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) at a colourful ceremony in Tema.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr David Asante Apeatu, who took delivery of the keys of the police station, said he was not only delighted about the building of the police station, but the role it would play in reducing crime.
He noted that the police service envisages “to be a world class police service capable of delivering, planned, democratic, protective and peaceful services up to the standard of international best practices.”
However, he said that challenge needed the support of all stakeholders.
Mr Asante Apeatu lamented the rise in needless attacks on police stations and said the property of the police was for the state who the country contributes to strengthen.
“Attacking police facilities like this one is inflicting pain on residents of Community 25 who contributed their hard-earned income to complete the project,” he said.
He said he was confident the personnel that would take over the station would put up their best to sustain the confidence reposed in them by the community.
He acknowledged that the police station was a beautiful edifice, but would only be relevant when residents cooperate with the police by providing relevant and timely information on criminals as well as crime related activities.
The IGP who entreated police personnel to be professional in the discharge of their duties also revealed that to activate the new police station, a brand new patrol vehicle had been given to the station.
The Chairman of the Community 25 Residents Association, Mr. Van-Gogh, who presented the police station to the IGP, said the project which was started about six years ago came about when residents in Community 25 decided to put up a police station to protect life and property.
He said the piece of land for the project was given out to the residents by the TDC Development Company in collaboration with the Tema Regional Police command.
Mr Van-Gogh said the project which cost residents over 200,000 Ghana Cedis was solely funded by residents and some private Organisations and formed part of the residents support to government in the provision of security.
He said even though Community 25 was a very peaceful area, the presence of the police would further improve security, traffic and those who own businesses in the area would also benefit.
He said the residents are also considering building some residences for some of the police personnel who would be posted there in future.
The Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Akrofi Oyirefi, said the Tema Regional Police Command had put in place strategies to combat crime by increasing vehicular, motorbike, foot and highway patrols.
He revealed that new check points were created in the communities to control the influx of unregistered motorbikes which were mostly used to commit crimes.
DCOP Oyirefi noted that in line with the transformation agenda which seeks to make the Ghana Police Service one of the best in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Public Affairs Unit, DOVSU and MTTD have embarked on an intensive outreach programme with the communities.
“The programme has contributed immensely to bringing policing to the doorstep of the people,” he stated.
Story: From Na-ILLATU IDDRISU, TEMA