Beware Of Online Trade Fraudsters

COP ProsperKwame Agblor

COP ProsperKwame Agblor

COP Prosper Kwame Agblor
The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor has cautioned persons who transact business on the internet to be wary of fraudsters.

The police chief said his outfit had dealt with disturbing reports of online traders absconding with huge sums of money after buyers had lodged the cash into their accounts.

He said the modus operandi of the online trade fraudsters is to win buyers’ confidence usually by delivering the first consignments of goods, adding that sometimes even the first transaction does not go through before the fraudsters vanish.

The police chief was speaking at the closing ceremony of a two-week Detective Training Course dubbed Course 8/2014 at the Koforidua Polytechnic on Friday.

He called on the 203 participants drawn from police districts and divisions in the Eastern Region to adhere to what they have been taught and warned against improper dressing, saying a police officer must always be formally dressed.

COP Agblor warned that the clothing allowance of the detectives would be withdrawn if they do not dress well since the allowance is meant solely for dressing.

He urged the public to continue partnering the police to protect lives and property, stressing that policing is a shared responsibility.

‘Policing is effective when there is collaboration between the police and the public,’ he stated.

It saddens my heart to investigate fellow police officers but no police officer would be shielded by the police administration for breaking the law, COP Agblor indicated.

He therefore cautioned participants to avoid crime because they would be investigated and prosecuted per the law.

‘Be of good behaviour and live exemplary life,’ he said.

The Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Edward Fakye Kumi said the vigilance of the public and the police led to the arrest of some hardened criminals.

Twenty-five residential robbery cases were established against them out of which suspects stood trial for 17 with sentences ranging from 35 to 115 years.

He noted that criminal investigation was cardinal in policing.

He said the region was plagued by chieftaincy disputes and illegal mining, also known as Galamsey, among others and called on philanthropists and organisations to support the police in protecting lives and property.

Regional Police Commander Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Akuribah Yaagy advised the participants to serve with clean hands at their various police stations, stressing that they should be committed.

He entreated them to stop taking bribes and consult their seniors when they are in doubt.

The police boss urged the police officers to be civil when arresting suspects, stressing that holding suspects by their pants and dragging them should be a thing of the past.

The Detective Training Course is designed to enable participants to stay abreast with modern challenges of investigation.

They were taken through topics such as Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Law of Evidence, Report Writing, Crime Scene Management and Search.

In all, 1,460 detectives have so far been trained this year.

All 203 participants received certificates while officers from Accra, Volta and Tema Regions are expected to take part in the course by the close of the year.

From Rocklyn Antonio, Koforidua

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