Accra, Nov 18, GNA – A day’s orientation workshop for the members of Sabon Zongo Neighbourhood Watch Committee ended on Thursday with a call on the community to embrace the community policing concept to ensure preventive policing.
Inspector Bafour Awuah of the Community Police Unit (CPU) and facilitator of the programme said the orthodox method of policing was inadequate to cater for the increasing incidence of crime, hence the need to involve the people to share in the responsibilities of safety and security.
He warned the Committee members not to engage in arbitrary arrests and meting out instant justice to suspects, adding “you have to hand over suspects arrested to the nearest police station”.
Inspector Awuah cautioned the members also to desist from practising partisan politics or involving themselves in chieftaincy disputes and land guard issues which normally brought about conflict within the communities.
“Your duties are to collaborate with the police in the fight against crime and be vigilant and give credible information to other security agencies for the arrest of suspects.”
He said community policing was an emerging concept which sought to bridge the communication and interaction gap between the police, communities and societies, hence the need to sensitise them on vital information sharing, minimising hostile confrontations and targeting potentially violent people in the communities”.
Miss Jane Amerley Oku, Executive member of the Greater Accra Neighbourhood Watch Committee said efforts by the police were directed at reducing crime in the area as part of government’s commitment to ensure public safety, and called on the people of Sabon Zongo to embrace it.
She said the lack of identification cards of the members and hostile confrontation by landlords when suspects were being arrested were some of the challenges they were facing.
Miss Oku expressed gratitude to Great Lamptey Mills School, Total and Allied Filling Stations, Bethel Church, International Central Gospel Church for supporting the programme and Project Abroad a Non-Governmental Organisation in United Kingdom took the committee member through human rights to promote respect for these rights and freedom.