Police Station Operates With Torchlight

THE SECURITY of residents in five communities in Tema, Klagon and parts of Spintex are in danger as the only police station protecting the communities does not have a standby generator to cope with the ongoing power rationing in the country. Consequently, personnel from the community eight police station have been operating with torchlights any time the power goes off, a development the residents fear could create a congenial atmosphere for criminals to operate. Some residents in an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE expressed concern about the condition and indicated that their safety is not guaranteed as many rampant robbery cases have so far been recorded. They are, therefore, calling on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to come to the aid of the Community 18 police station by providing them with the necessary resources, especially, a standby generator to operate. Adding his voice to the embarrassing situation, the assembly member for the area, Richard Nii Amugui revealed that the area is among communities that record very high robbery cases in the Greater Accra region and therefore needs effective security boost. The assembly man observed that due to the ongoing load shedding, rape and robbery cases are reported at the station within hours of every power outage. “Due to the inability on the part of the police to provide alternative energy, writing of statements within the power outage period becomes slow by personnel on duty.” He stated. It was gathered that a letter had been written to the Tema Metropolitan Assembly about two years ago for support, but it has been to no avail. The assembly man has also written to the Member of Parliament for the area, Irene Naa Torshie Addo, but she could only provide the station with rechargeable lamps. Mr Amugui also appealed to the IGP and the Tema Regional Police Command, that though the station is operating in a rented shop owned by the Tema Development Corporation, they should endeavour to extend the needed attention to the area by providing the Community 18 police station with the necessary resources and also intensify security in the area by increasing visibility centers. “Every night the visibility teams are only seen at the Community 18 roundabout and around Emef’s estate, which is not enough. We need additional three or more centers within the area for safety,” the assembly man further noted.