Pwalugu (U/E), June 18, GNA – The Ghana Police Service has assured residents of the Upper East Region of maximum security following media reports of possible terrorists attacks in Bolgatanga and Tamale in the Northern Region.
Superintendent Shiella Kessia Abayie-Buckman, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service who gave the assurance emphasized that “I want to assure you that there is maximum security in the Upper East Region, there is maximum security in Ghana.”
She gave the assurance at a press briefing at Pwalugu in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region on the side-line of Police recruit passing-out parade and said the Command continues to pick information, some of which were based on the topography of crime across the Sub- Region.
“So when information is picked and processed into Intelligence, action is taken. The communication you saw is one of several communications that have been going on and will continue to go on in different forms,” she said.
The Director said there was no cause for alarm, adding “It should put everyone on alert. In the Upper East Region we know that we have borders that people can come through, we are friendly people and so we welcome strangers and visitors like our own.
“It is a wak-eup call that when we see people we do not know, we should inquire and possibly report their movement and activities to the security services for action,” Superintendent Abayie-Buckman advised.
She said the security services had picked up information a longtime ago and were already working on it.
“Thankfully today, over 2000 new Police Officers have passed out, they will go through different forms of training to beef up the numbers.”
Superintendent Abayie-Buckman said Police visibility would be improved across the country, “So it is only an assurance for us that we must be alert, the security services already know what to do and we are doing just that.”
She emphasized the need for the citizenry to be alert and report activities of unknown people in the various communities to security officers.
Asked about inadequate numbers of security service personnel at the borders of the Region, the Director said the dynamics had changed and residents may not see uniformed Police Officers stationed at a place.
“Technology has made it possible that you may not have many Police Officers at a place. Previously if we were using 100 Police Officers, now CCTV is helping us monitor, at a place either than the venue, than we may have less number of Police Officers in uniform.”
The Director added that strategies were revised and said sometimes security officers might not be in uniform but would be around.
She explained that “It is when we are going for operations that most of the time we need to be in uniform.”