The Director of the Community Policing Directorate (CPD) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mrs Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong, has urged the electorate to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner during the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
She appealed to the citizenry to desist from engaging in actions that could inflame passions during the December 7 general election and beyond in order not to destroy the good image the nation had attained in its democratic dispensation.
ACP Twumasi-Sarpong made the call when she inaugurated the Ayikai-Doblo Neighbourhood Watch Committee near Amasaman in the Ga West Municipal Assembly last Friday.
She urged the citizenry to conduct themselves honourably to make the general election free, fair, transparent and incident free to sustain the peace the nation was enjoying.
She encouraged the public to cooperate with the security personnel in their community and report suspected trouble makers and people with diabolic intentions to the security agencies.
According to her, Ghanaians should do everything in a peaceful atmosphere and should not lose sight of the fact that there is only one country for them.
The 1992 Constitution, she said, entreated the Ghana Police Service to ensure that there was peace and stability in the country through crime prevention.
She however, said ensuring peace was a social responsibility of all and indicated that the police could not execute their mandate alone without the support of citizens.
Mrs Twumasi-Sarpong stated that the neighbourhood watch committee concept was a modern strategy which had been adopted the world over to complement the efforts of the police.
“The neighbourhood Watch Committee concept enjoins citizens to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in the maintenance of law and order in the communities,” she added
She said a number of communities in Accra, such as Okponglo, Gbawe Lafa, New Mateheko-Ngleshie Amanfro, had bought into the concept and were assisting in crime prevention.