The spate of robbery in the Apeadu community is set to see a reduction as the Ashanti Regional Police Command gets a new police station.
The Police Station donated by a leading construction firm in Ghana, Nickseth Construction Company Limited, comes at a time when daytime burglary is on the increase in the community.
Residents within the Apeadu community and its environs have often been robbed of their valuables when most of them are away for work during the day time, a situation that has become worrisome for leaders in the community.
Addressing a gathering during the commissioning of the police station in Apeadu, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Ken Yeboah commended Nickseth, for the gesture and appealed to other business entities that have the capacity to emulate the construction firm to come to the aid of the Police in any way to help fight crime in the country.
“Effective law enforcement is believed to be a shared responsibility between the Police and the communities, the mandate of the Police can hardly be achieved without a collaborative effort between the Police, government, public, the business society such as construction firms among others”, he said.
Mr Yeboah reiterated that infrastructure was one of the main challenges of the Police Service and that the increase in population and new settlements has caused the demand for the establishment of police stations in those areas.
“Infrastructure will continue to be a challenge of the service without the public and stakeholders’ support, this stems from the fact that, today, rapid population increases and development of new settlements demand reciprocal establishment of police stations in these communities”, he stated.
COP Ken Yeboah cautioned officers who will be stationed at the Apeadu Police Station to be circumspect in dealing with citizens, adding that “respect is reciprocal, respect the people who live here and they will also respect you, don’t bully people around because of the uniform you wear. If I get information about anyone in such act, the person will be seriously dealt with.”
The Member of Parliament for the Oforikrom Constituency where the Apeadu Community is located, Dr Emmanuel Marfo, noted that the presence of the police station will go a long way in curbing the spate of crimes in the area.
The MP asked residents in the community to be “security conscious, don’t say because there is a police station here, you will just live without being security conscious, security consciousness is key and should be prioritized.”
He also encouraged residents to serve as informants to the police, emphasizing that, “Police are neither prophets nor magicians, and they can only do their work proper when information is shared with them.
“If you get vital information from the community, and if you see anyone behaving odd and you suspect him or her, just inform the police. With their training, they will investigate your claims, and measures will be taken.” He advised.
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Board Chairman of Nickseth Construction Company Limited, Benjamin Anin Mensah, handing over the keys of the police station to the Ashanti Regional Command, noted that it is a deliberate policy of the company to support a community impact project yearly within its operation zones.
“The project cost us around two hundred and fifty thousand cedis. We provided this police station after some consultation with the chiefs and people of Apeadu who made it clear it was a need for them. ” he added.
Mr. Mensah noted, “It’s our responsibility to give back to society and after the 10th anniversary we have been giving back to society as our cooperate social responsibility.”
The chief of Apeadu, Odeefuo Owusu Amoaye II, welcomed the kind gesture by the company and was delighted the police station will help bring the crime statistics in the area down.
He reiterated his resolve to ensure the proper development of the Apeadu community and pledged ten acres of land to government to be used as district offices for the newly created Oforikrom district.
The Chief noted that gone were the days when chiefs went to war to consolidate their popularity and superiority, and called on colleague chiefs to concentrate on development, for the benefit of posterity.
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