The Upper East Regional Police Command has acquired three new Yamaha motorbikes to augment the motorbike patrols in the Bolgatanga Divisional and Zuarungu Police Commands as a strategy to combat crime, particularly armed robberies.
The motorbikes valued at GH¢31,400 would add to the existing fleet at the Police Motorbike Patrol Unit to clamp down on criminals that use unregistered motorbikes to embark on robbery operations in some unmotorable parts of the region.
Briefing the Daily Graphic on the motorbike patrol exercise, the Public Affairs Officer of the Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr David Fianko-Okyere, stated that plans were advanced to operationalise the Regional Highway Patrol Unit of the service by June, this year.
He explained that personnel of the service were currently being trained to handle the Karemenga-Bolgatanga-Paga highway to curb highway robberies among other crimes.
“We want to be able to match these criminals, eliminate their nefarious activities and consolidate the prevailing peace in the region. We also want to check the rampant use of unregistered motorbikes to rob and terrorise residents," ASP Fianko-Okyere stressed.
The Upper East Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Dr Sayibu Pabi Gariba, on his part, stated that an arrangement was being put in place to organise an engagement with the media to deepen partnership between media practitioners and the police regarding its new Operational Patrol Model and other operational programmes of the command.
He therefore called on the media to support the command in its efforts to combat crime in the region.
On Friday, March 19, 2021, the Upper East Regional Police Command inaugurated a new Operational Patrol Model to revitalise efforts towards combating various forms of crimes to help protect lives and properties in the region.
The new operational strategy would also ensure that the Ghana Police Service in the region worked effectively with the other security agencies, particularly the Ghana Armed Forces, to deal with violent crimes that had characterised the region in recent times.
The new model would further ensure that personnel of the police command receive adequate capacity building and physical training frequently to boost their confidence and sharpen their skills to be able to deal effectively with security issues.
The measure was necessitated by the upsurge in armed robbery cases and other violent crimes in the region.