Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong, Tema Regional Crime Officer of the Ghana Police Service, urged residents to store police emergency numbers describing them as “the first line of defense for civilians to fight crime. “.
Residents of Tema and neighboring communities such as Ashaiman, Dodowa, Afienya, Prampram, Kpone, Ada, Sege should memorize or save and call +233291206472 or +233542719093 24 hours a day, when and where they need it. help from the police.
“Memorize or Record Police Emergency Numbers: Call the Police and Stop Calling Police Personal Numbers in an Emergency or Attack,” Superintendent Acheampong said at the Fourth GNA Stakeholder Engagement Seminar and Workers’ Appreciation Day ”at the Tema regional office. from the Ghanaian News Agency.
The event is a progressive and interactive platform created to provide the opportunity for state and non-state actors to engage journalists and address national issues as well as shed more light on the mandate of institutions.
The event also serves as a motivational mechanism to recognize the editorial contribution of journalists to professional growth and promotion of the Tema regional branch of the Ghana News Agency as an industrial information hub, while by contributing to national development.
Supt. Acheampong urged the public to memorize the police emergency numbers announced in the police jurisdictions where they live and to call for help whenever they are in distress.
“Calling direct police emergency numbers for your community reduces police response time and tends to prevent or lessen the impact of crime and unrest,” said regional crime officer by Tema.
He said: “The practice of most people calling the phone numbers of police officers, friends and family, whenever they are in distress, should be discouraged as such calls had to be channeled through a chain. other police officers before finally getting help from the police.
“Citizens must therefore prioritize personal safety and make sense of the historic saying that safety is a shared responsibility, between the public and the police.”
Supt. Acheampong urged citizens to show greater interest in crime trends in their communities so that together with the police, a safe, secure and peaceful community is guaranteed.
“We also want to encourage communities to form neighborhood watch communities so that each becomes the guardian of the other.
“Residents need to communicate and interact with each other more often and quickly inform the police of any suspicion in a neighbor’s residence.
“Homeowners need to share their numbers with each other and hold local police accountable for their safety and security,” he said.
Mr. Francis Ameyibor, Tema Regional Director of the Ghana News Agency, reminded organizations and government that the media play a vital role in creating, galvanizing and reflecting public opinion.
He added that “the government and other social organizations can use the media more effectively as a vehicle for social change. The media are therefore a powerful tool that must be used strategically for national development ”.
Other speakers for the fourth stakeholder engagement were Mr. George Okwabi Frimpong, Chartered Surveyor and Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the Association of Chartered Surveyors of Ghana, Mr. Ian Okwei, Protocol and Administration Officer of the TDC Development Company Limited, and Mr. Benjamin Peh, Acting Manager, Research, Business Development and Innovation at DVLA.