THE POLICE Administration has finally inaugurated the Brong- Ahafo Regional Police Management Board (POMAB), the last to be established in the country.
The six-member Board, chaired by the Regional Commander, ACP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, has the following officers as members: ACP Emmanuel Gyan Kyere, Wenchi Divisional Commander; Chief Superintendent Baba Atiniak, Regional Crime Officer; Chief Superintendent Solomon Ntim, Berekum Divisional Commander; Chief Superintendent Ali Kpeacian, Goaso Divisional Commander and Chief Inspector Beatrice Okrah, Techiman District CID Officer who is representing the other ranks.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Rev. David Nenyi Ampah-Bennin, Director-General of Public Affairs Department (PAD), who performed the inauguration, said POMAB – which is a creation of law under Regulation 15, 16 and 17 of the Police Service Regulations 2012 (CI 76) – would among other things, ensure the implementation of management policy decisions made by the Inspector-General of Police in respect of the work, conduct, welfare and related matters, of the personnel in the region.
The Board, he said, would also ensure the enforcement of law and order and discipline in the region, and ensure the collective management of human, material and financial resources in the region in an effective and efficient manner so as to ensure the attainment of regional policing objectives.
DCOP Rev. Ampah-Bennin stated that the Police Management Board was a devolution of police administration and police operation from the dictates of the National Police Headquarters.
‘It is the considered opinion of the Police Administration that the decentralization of powers, administration, control and operations of the Ghana Police Service to the Regional Management Board level will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of policing in the country so as to reduce the fear and incidence of crime,’ he pointed out.
He however, cautioned members of the Board not to be capricious in the exercise of the powers that would be bestowed on them.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander, ACP Adusei Sarpong, who expressed excitement about the inauguration of the Board, said the creation of the Regional POMAB was a wake-up call to members to work more and harder in the midst of the myriad challenges that confront the region so as to achieve the desired and expected results.
ACP Sarpong disclosed that the Regional Police Command had received very appreciable public commendation and rating for performing considerably well last year in reducing crime rate, attributing it to the Visibility and Accessibility Patrols.
‘I am of the conviction that if we pull our human and material resources together and allow discipline, togetherness, commitment and perseverance to be our watchword, we can achieve more and meet the objectives and goals set for us by the Police Administration for 2014,’ he underscored.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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