SECURITY (TARKWA) : Police cautioned to be professional
Chief Superintendent of Police Kwadwo Antwi-Tabi, the Tarkwa Divisional Police Commander, has cautioned police personnel in the Tarkwa division to desist from practices that bring shame to the service.
He told the GNA in an interview at Tarkwa that some police personnel bullied and extorted money from suspects and innocent people.
Mr Antwi-Tabi said police personnel who would be caught engaging in such acts would be dealt with according to the laws of the Service and of the country.
He appealed to the public to report any police personnel who would
extort money from them to report to the appropriate authorities.
Mr Antwi-Tabi said the apathy by people to report crimes and suspects to the police was a source of worry to the Service.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Isaac Sokpah, Tarkwa Divisional Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU), has appealed to drivers plying long distances to make sure their vehicles are road worthy.
He said a lot of long distance vehicles are not road worthy.
He appealed to police personnel to check such vehicles and those that are not road worthy should be taken off the road.
Mr Sokpa said most of the long distance vehicles have damaged
windscreens, worn-out tyres, defective headlights and broken side mirrors and most of the drivers do not have valid driving licenses.
He said the MTTU, in collaboration with the Driver Vehicle Licensing
Authority (DVLA) and the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Road Safety
Commission had begun a two-week exercise to eliminate from the roads rickety vehicles.
Mr Sokpah said special patrol teams would conduct spot checks for insurance and roadworthy stickers, drunk driving, over speeding, driving without the approved licenses and the use of fake driving licenses.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Hans Evans Setsor said 540 people have died from road accidents within the first quarter of this year as compared to 340 within the same period last year.
He said while 3,084 sustained injuries this year, 3,166 sustained various degrees of injuries last year and this was too alarming.
Mr Setsor said road accidents were on the rise and every Ghanaian must make a conscious effort to prevent them.