Apart from the over 14, 200 police officers that will be on the alert to ensure law and order over the Christmas holidays, the Director of Operations of the Police Service, COP George Akuffo- Dampare, has noted eight key changes Ghanaians can expect from his outfit.
“We know as a people that during this period, there is heightened activity from the movement which accompanies socio-economic activity that brings people from all walks of life to and from cities and towns across the country,” COP Dampare said on the Citi Breakfast Show.
“When you put all this together, it calls for increased policing in a way to take care of this heavy human and vehicular traffic across the country, and to do that calls for the mustering of all the resources that we have at our disposal to bring comfort to the good people of the country.”
The police are thus engaging in the following proactive measures:
- Traffic management policing – Beyond the MTTD personnel on the roads, there are operational police personnel in major points of all the major cities nationwide to ensure the regular flow of vehicular and human traffic.
- Escalating highway patrols – The police are ensuring highway patrols to protect commuters between rural and urban areas travel safely.
- Policing of commercial and entertainment centres – Ensuring uniformed and undercover police presence in major leisure spots to prevent crime.
- Residential area policing – Strengthening policing both in the day and night time within residential areas.
- Anti-land guard policing – Ensuring landowners have their peace of mind.
- Vital installation policing – Policing utilities to ensure activities of citizens are not disrupted.
- Criminal hideout policing – Acting on police intel to keep watch on known criminal hideouts.
- Community engagement – Ensuring the support and cooperation of the public through dialogue with communities and making use of social media reach.