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The Community Policing Command of the Police Administration has embarked on tour of the Central Region to sensitise the people on issues of Terrorism and Electoral Violence.

Addressing separate meeting with drivers, religious groups and students at Agona Swedru, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong, the Commander of the Unit, appealed to the public to report suspicious characters and attitudes to the Police.

She also advised the public to avoid electoral violence and drug trafficking.

ACP Twumasi-Sarpong said drivers were effective as partners in fighting crime, especially, terrorism and drug trafficking because the nature of their vocation.

According to the Commander, it was, therefore, important for the drivers to alert the Police whenever they detected unusual characters and behaviour at their stations.

She said, for instance, narcotic drugs were usually transported to various destinations for their traffickers by commercial drivers, and urged them to report all suspected smuggled goods and drugs to the Police.

She stated that one could not use someone’s religious backgrounds or nationality to brand him as a terrorist, explaining that enough evidence had to be gathered before labelling anyone as a suspect.

On Election Violence, ACP Twumasi-Sarpong cautioned the youth not to allow themselves to be used to cause mayhem.

She assured Ghanaians that Police officers would stay neutral during and after the electioneering campaigns.

ACP Twumasi-Sarpong asked drivers not to hesitate to report any political party members going on campaign with weapons and cutlasses to the Police.

Police Superintendent Emmanuel Sackey, the Agona Swedru Divisional Paymaster, and the Acting Swedru Divisional Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTU), said the Police would continue to build good relations with drivers.

The executives of the driver’s unions expressed regret about the way some Police officers at various barriers refused to check private vehicles but vented their anger on commercial drivers like suspects.

They, therefore, urged the MTTU to take steps to address that issue because some private vehicles were used to convey smuggle good.
Source: GNA

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