Dampare Hits Ground Running

COP Dr George Akuffu Dampare addressing the media

The newly appointed Accra Regional Police Commander, COP Dr George Akuffu Dampare has tasked all divisional and district commanders within the Accra Region to increase their presence on the streets within their jurisdiction during the Christmas season to ease traffic congestion within the metropolis

In addition all personnel of the criminal investigations department are to be deployed to patrol strategic locations across the city to gather intelligence to aid police operations aimed at prevention and detection of crimes.

He made this known at his first maiden address to the media as the commander in charge of the Accra Regional Police Command.

He also outlined his plans and strategies for the festive season and the 2016 general elections.

‘On our action plan for the policing issues, we shall continue to implement policing interventions to deal with the broad law enforcement challenges that we have identified.’

He indicated that the police will resort to mediation and negotiation strategies in dealing with political, chieftaincy and communal conflicts to calm tensions but will urge parties to use judicial processes to settle their differences.

Touching on the 2016 general elections, COP Dr Dampare stated that the regional command was in the process of finalizing its security arrangements for the 2016 general elections and will use the whole of January 2016 to engage stakeholders, including all political parties, the electoral commission, religious bodies, civil societies among others to get their inputs into the overall regional elections security plan.

Revealing some of his approach as the new regional commander, COP Dr Dampare said together with the district and divisional commanders, they will work as a team to build on the foundations laid by his predecessors as well as creating new foundations for his successors to build upon.

‘My objective is to ensure a convenient marriage between continuity and fresh innovations to add value to the policing services of the command and leave the command in a better state than we found it.’

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By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey

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