The Minister responsible for Interior Ambrose Dery has revealed that the ratio of police to civilians currently stands at one policeman to 768 Ghanaians which he said was inadequate and needed to be addressed.
Mr. Dery said this at the opening of the National Police Command Conference monitored by MyNewsGh.com. The Police Conference brought together the top hierarchy of the police leadership to discuss ways to ensure a safe and peaceful country
Mr. Dery noted there is rise in murder cases comparing statistics of first quarter 2020 to first quarter this year, saying he believes the rise in crime is due to the inadequacy of police personnel as “1 policeman serving 768 civilians is way above the global average”.
He called on civilians to help the police in their work as it is one of the most effective means of fighting crime where civilians share information with police.
“The need for corporation between the police and the public cannot be over-emphasized, security is a shared responsibility to the success of security services. May I then suggest that this corporation can be enhanced by a shared of information by the police with the public which is better.
“But if you allow the only information that gets there is that these people were killed by arm robbers then the situation becomes difficult,” he explained.
He assured that all ongoing investigations into murder cases will be conclusively dealt with. He touched on the JB Murder and Ahmed Suale.
“All outstanding murder cases will be investigated, completed and prosecutions undertaken. I tell you with all seriousness because I do ask the Director-General of CID to give me reports every week and he does. Not cases are going to be completed within the short time period that we expect but the two cases that have not yet been sorted out, the Suale murder and the recent alleged violence by security agencies are being investigated.
“Our own JB Danquah’s murder has taken a number of years to be resolved. One thing I want to assure you is that government is committed to investigating every criminal offense to its logical conclusion.”