The police administration has taken steps to tackle the growing robbery attacks on bank customers that is putting the country - everybody on edge.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George Dampare has ordered all Commanders to ensure that they beefed up security at the banks.
There should be strong police presence to scare away the violent criminals, causing pain and misery to law-abiding people going about their normal business.
The directive from the police boss to his commanders was confirmed by the acting Director General of Public Affairs, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kwasi Ofori.
This comes barely 48 hours after an elderly was shot in the leg and robbed of his money at the Coronation Junction in Cape Coast by four armed robbers.
The victim had just gone to withdraw money from the bank when the robbers riding on two motorbikes in a Hollywood movie style , attacked and snatched a bag containing the cash and fled with it, leaving many who witnessed the incident in complete shock and disbelief.
The police in Cape Coast came under strong criticism by the people for their slow response to the robbery. It is said to have taken them more than half of an hour to get to the crime scene after frantic telephone calls to the police emergency numbers.
ACP Kwasi Ofori called for all to remain calm and gave the assurance that they were in firm control of affairs. The police would go to every length to make things uncomfortable for any violent criminals.
The situation where the robbers trailed customers returning from the banks to rob them of cash they had withdrawn would not be allowed to continue.
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has confirmed Dr Dampare as the substantive Inspector General of Police (IGP) today. He has been serving in acting position over the last two months.
The 51-year old police head, is a chartered accountant and holds a doctorate degree in finance. He cuts a slice of history for himself as the youngest Inspector General of Police ever appointed in the country.
He has served in the police service for 30 years, joining as a constable and rising to the top.
Until his new appointment, he was the Director General, Administration. He variously served as Director General (Finance), Director General (Welfare), Commandant (Command and Staff College), Greater Accra Regional Commander and Director General Operations.
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