Upper West unhappy with mass transfer of police officers

| Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 11:00am



The Upper West Regional Coordinating Council has petitioned the Interior Minister and the IGP over what it described as the mass transfer of police personnel from of the region without any replacements.

The RCC said between 2015 and this year, out of the 1,500 police personnel in the region, as many as 583 have been transferred from the region, without replacements.

Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Issahaku, who expressed the concern at the RCC meeting in Wa, said the situation has led to a reduction of police visibility the result of which is the rise in armed robbery and other criminal activities.

Mr Issahaku said there is the need to replace the police officers so that the region will have enough police personnel to man the various barriers and also attend to the needed patrols to ensure that the safety of people in the region is guaranteed.

He expressed concern about the numerous robbery cases along the Wa-Bole road, adding that even though most of the robbery cases often occur within the jurisdiction of the Northern Region, many of the people affected are either from the Upper West or neighbouring regions.

He said it is necessary for the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to meet their counterparts from the Northern Region so that they can discuss how to collaborate to ensure that armed robbery cases on the Kumasi Highway are reduced to the barest minimum.