Lotto kiosks in A/R to be turned into police posts

Police visibility to be upped in the Ashanti Region

Metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) in the Ashanti Region have been prevailed upon to consider converting lotto kiosks in the Region into police posts in order to contribute to the visibility and accessibility programme of the Ghana Police Service.

According to the regional commander, the target of the Service for 2015 is to get a police station for every suburb of the regional capital of Kumasi.

Speaking on TV3’s Hot Issues over the weekend, District Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kofi Boakye emphasized that: “Policing is about visibility”.

“We need more policemen in order to satisfy the UN ratio of at least one policeman to 500 people.”

The former Greater Accra and Western regional commander noted that as a result of the spatial nature of his current region of jurisdiction and the fast-developing nature of communities, police posts are needed everywhere.

“If we have police stations with even two men each, crime will reduce considerably.”

A biochemist and lawyer, DCOP Boakye said he has already proposed for consideration more posts in the Ashanti Region since the most hardened criminals in the country are based in that region.

“I met the KMA assemblymen and told them even if you can put a lotto kiosk and paint it police, I will come and put one policeman in with walkie-talkie.”