Six Police posts built through the initiative of a former assembly member for the Nhyiaeso Electoral Area, Mr Abraham Boadi, have been inaugurated at Nhyiaeso in Kumasi.
The police posts, located at Adiebeba, Kaase Junction, Dakwadwom, CMB Depot, Oasis of Love Junction and Atinga Junction, all within the Nhyiaeso Constituency, are intended to increase police visibility and reduce crime in the communities.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Nhyiaeso, Dr Richard W. Anane, has provided all the police posts with motorbikes to ensure easy mobility for the police.
At the inauguration, Mr Boadi said the posts were built through communal labour, following an appeal the Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Kofi Boakye, made to the assembly members to assist the police increase their visibility in the metropolis.
Mr Boadi said the community organised a fundraising and some residents donated both in cash and kind towards the project.
He singled out Dr Anane for donating 10 motorbikes to the police posts, and Alhaji Mohammed Amponsah for donating GH¢5,000 for the purchase of 10 crash barriers for the police.
He said since Kumasi’s population had increased over the years, the police stations were inadequate, hence the need for more police posts to ward off criminals.
Mr Boakye commended the community for erecting the six police posts which, he said, would increase police visibility in the communities and enable them to respond quickly to reports of crime.
He urged the residents to form community watch committees to assist the police maintain security in the area.
According to him, modern-day policing was a shared responsibility between the Police Service and the communities so the service would rely on the assistance of the community in the provision of security.
In a speech read on his behalf, the MP for the area commended the regional police commander for his administrative style, which he said involved the communities in all the processes.
That, he said, had made it possible for the people to readily go to the aid of the service whenever there was an appeal for assistance.
He added that there was the need for heavy police presence in Nhyiaeso since the area hosted most of the banks, big hotels, shops and other commercial activities.
He said with the police presence, the people would go about their activities peacefully without worrying about criminals attacking them.