As criminals continue to cause trouble for the citizenry and businesses in the country, the Ghana Police Service under the command of the Inspector-General Dr. George Akuffo Dampare has deployed the K-9 Unit to augment it's policing force. This special unit armed with sniffer dogs and other accoutrements has been deployed in the capital, Accra, and strategically positioned for patrol operations.
Today a dozen of them were spotted around Accra Mall and East Legon areas. This adds to other innovations Dr. Dampare has undertaken ever since he was appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The dogs according to an official communication from the Police, are highly-trained and could sniff out criminals and contraband goods.
However the major objective for which the police has undertaken this operation is to increase police visibility, investigation and intelligence gathering in various aspects of criminal investigation.
According to the Public Relations Unit of the Ghana Police Service, this special unit would be extended to other parts of the country, as they envisage to make policing in Ghana a world-class one.
"We shall continue to pursue multiple Security and Visibility Modules to increase our interactions with the public and aggressively fight crime in our communities," the police assured.
With this special unit, cases such as drug trafficking, and crime scene investigation will be given a boost. Criminals who leave traces at crime scenes could be track down by a single sniff from these trained dogs.
One quality that these dogs have is their ability to sniff out suspects among a crowd. In instances where a criminal blends with a crowd or goes into hiding during a chase from the police, these trained dogs can track them down.
The IGP must be commended for this. It thus assures of how responsive and creative he is at improving with the very little resources (men and equipment) at the police command to enhance security. Recently, police on horse backs were deployed as a strategy to augment the daily patrol forces in Accra.
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