Safety and peace is needed for improved wellbeing within any geographical location. Maintenance of security within the Municipality is the responsibility of the Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC) comprising; the Municipal Chief Executive, the Police Service, the Immigration Service, the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Customs and Excise Preventive Service (CEPS) and the Prison Service with the Municipal Co-ordinating Director as the Secretary.
The MUSEC is charged with the responsibility of formulating plans to combat crime within the Municipality and to take actions it deems fit in time of security threats to forestall peace within the Municipality. As a proactive measure in ensuring the safety of the People, there is the need for multifaceted approach including the formation of watch-dog committees in communities to aid the security agencies in combating crime in the Municipality. So far the municipality is relatively peaceful.
The Police to Citizen Ration as of first quarter of 2017 was 1:1825 which is a far outcry of the national ratio of 1:777 and the U.N. standard of 1:500. This more often than not puts a strain on the Police Service in terms of combating crime which ranges from illegal mining, highway robbery, petty thievery and chieftaincy disputes.
The numbers notwithstanding, records indicate a positive trend in most of the indicators on security. Incidence of domestic violence for instance reduced from 203 in 203 to 96 in 2016 while road accidents reduced from 76 to 27 in the same period.
Reported cases of rape equally reduced from 16 in 2013 to 5 in 2016 even though number of violent cases resulting in deaths increased from one to 23 in the same period while road accidents increased from 76 in 2013 to 83 in 2016, a development which needs to be addressed in collaboration with all stakeholders including the Road Safety Commission.
In terms of disasters, number of flood related cases reduced from 11 in 2014 to 6 in 2016 while fire outbreaks reduced from 14 in 2013 to 4 in 2016. The impressive performance in all the indicators points to the dedication and commitment of the staff and the regular engagement of citizens through sensitization and collaboration on the prevention of crime and disasters. The municipal assembly needs to support the security agencies with logistics and the needed motivation to do more going forward. Table 1.24 provides security indicators.
Date Created : 3/25/2019 3:23:03 AM