Thieves on Thursday, 18th June, 2020 broke into the Nima police station in Accra and managed to take away some items from the police such as laptops, television sets, printers and other stationery.
Speaking on the issue in an interview on the Anopa Bosuo show on Green Fm 88.5 with Kofi Ansate Mensah, security expert and CEO at African Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies Mr. Paul Boateng expressed surprise at the what had happened at that police station.
“I was surprise when I heard the theft issue at Nima and unclear about how the thieves got access to the office of the police station”.
He averred that, the police have a responsibility of ensuring that citizens have trust in the institution since that was critical in the entire security architecture and their operations.
“I think the work of the police is not encouraging, this can make citizens lose confidence in the police, in the sense that would contemplate on how their safety will be, if the police which has the required tools to ward of criminals themselves have are victims of theft how much more the as ordinary citizens.
He further revealed that, this incidence shows the criminals within the area are thinking ahead of the police and criticise the reactive nature of the service.
“it also means that the thieves are thinking ahead of the police at that Divisional command: in Ghana polices service trainings and teachings, Ghana police are not proactive and so we have to move to the philosophy called the intelligent lead policing where the police will put measures in place ahead of the criminals.”
He recommended that the Inspector General of Police should as a matter of urgency institute disciplinary actions against the officers who were on duty for negligence of duty and sleeping on the job whiles suggesting a reshuffling at that the division.
“the officers i suggest should punished for negligence of duty as they clearly slept on the job. I also suggest to the IGP that the should be some reshuffling at Division, as there is the possibility that some criminals may be familiar with police and therefore know all their operations”
Written by : Yaa Nyarko Sarkodie