Ghana has been recording more criminal cases lately. People are murdering, cutting human body parts and kidnapping, snatching bags and many others. There has been too many a crime in our country in the first half of 2021. Data from the Statistics Research and Monitoring Unit (SRMU) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service indicates that some 306 murder cases have been reported to the police. The breakdown of the regions shows that the Ashanti region, Greater Accra and the Eastern Region recorded the highest.
In the wisdom of Ghana Police led by the abled Dr George Akuffo-Dampare (PhD), the service could use the services of horses in their operation. As we all know, there is a great benefit to police visibility in an area. When people with ill intent see that there is a law enforcement agent in an area, the person will either abort the mission or stop for another free time. This act is psychologically viable and it can have an impact on reducing crimes in Ghana.
Because the police officer would have difficulty walking an entire area, a horse can do that job. Thus, a police officer on a horse can patrol 10 miles plus a day. Again, horses are faster than human beings. Therefore, if someone commits a crime and decides to invite the police officer for a chase, the horse will make the work pretty easy, besides there is no space or path that human beings can use that a horse cannot use- unlike cars. Moreover, considering the rate of ozone layer depletion and climate changes in the world, there is a high desire to reduce fuel, coal and gaseous emission in the world. Therefore, horses are best because they don’t pose a threat to the environment as motors may perhaps do.
Having analyzed all these, I am confident that Dr George Dampare is an intelligent man who has the competency to tackle crime in an environmentally friendly way. However, the move should not be limited to only the Greater Accra and on the roadsides. The initiative should be transcended to all other regions where there are high crime rates.
According to the Data from the Statistics Research and Monitoring Unit (SRMU) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the criminal cases in Ghana mostly occur at the Greater Accra, Bono, Ashanti, Eastern, Central and Western Region. The Upper East also have their share of the sad event but in an infinitesimal state. Therefore, there should be the availability of these horses in these regions to project the visibility of police in various communities. This will holistically curb the plethora of crimes in Ghana.
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