Mamprobi Police Station in distress

 
The Mamprobi Police is confident that with the support of community members, crime in the area can be reduced.

Statistics released by the police indicate a reduction in crime levels over a period of three years using the month of December as reference point.

In December 2011, the number of crimes committed included assault, stealing, unlawful entry, offensive conduct, fraud and issuance of false cheques which totalled 112. In December 2012, the number reduced to 95 and to 70 in December 2013.

Briefing The Mirror at the Station last Tuesday, January 21, 2913, Superintendent Peter A.K. Ayirezang, the Mamprobi District Police Commander, said among the cases recorded for December 2013, nine had been sent to court while 61 were still under investigation.

Supt Ayirezang said his unit was working hard in the face of a number of challenges that was affecting the smooth discharge of its duties.

He indicated that one major challenge had to do with the lack of accommodation for personnel.

The district commander said newly posted personnel to the station had to share quarters with personnel from other police units and that was affecting morale and control.

“There is not enough accommodation and so they live in transit quarters with other police personnel from the Korle Bu and Dansoman police stations and because they do not directly serve under me, it makes it difficult to instruct,” he said.

He said the Mamprobi Police Station could also do with more personnel in view of the increasing cases of domestic violence and motor accidents in the area.

“Considering that there are as many as 14 traffic intersections including the ones at the Radio Gold, Mamprobi and Zongo junctions, the current number of only seven traffic management staff is inadequate and so we will need more men to manage the emerging situation effectively,” Superintendent Ayirezang explained.

He said an increase in the number of officers would improve patrol duties, visibility duties, snap check duties as well as investigations.

In addition, the district commander said his outfit would need more vehicles as the single vehicle currently there was reserved for patrol duties.

“In fact, under the circumstances, we are able to undertake only two snap checks instead of five each day”.

According to Superintendent Ayirezang, the station was also in dire need of a female and juvenile cells.

At present, he said, both female and juvenile suspects were sent to cells at Dansoman and the Korle Bu Police stations.

He expressed the hope that the police administration, which was aware of the situation, would soon resource the station.

He acknowledged the enormity of the problem and appealed to the general public for assistance.

He advised the public, especially assembly members, to organise sporting activities periodically so as to engage the youth in their leisure since it would go a long way to reduce crime in the area.

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