COP Dr George Akuffo Dampare
The Minority Leader Hon. Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has lauded the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander over the manner in which he has managed investigations into the murder of Hon. JB Danquah.
Speaking on Oman FM radio station yesterday he said the manner in which the Regional Police Commander has handled the case so convinces him that the Police would do a good job.
He traced how the Police responded to the distress call when the crime was committed and as he put it, “within twenty minutes they were there.”
Those who do not know how crime scene procedures are undertaken had the opportunity of doing so when homicide detectives set to work when they descended on the home of the assassinated legislator at his Accra residence, last Tuesday. “They set about to construct how the criminals set foot into the house and eventually committed the crime and left,” he described what the detectives did as soon as they set foot in the house.
The Greater Accra Regional Police Commander COP Dr. George Akuffu Dampare was at the crime scene as early as 3am to join his officers undertook a consolation mission.
Although he has refused to talk about what he has done so far, we have learnt about how he quickly moved the family of the deceased from the crime scene to a safe location decided upon by the family as a way of calming their nerves.
He is said to have used his own vehicle to transport the traumatized family quickly away from the scene of crime after which he moved quickly to engage two clinical psychologists to assist with managing the trauma suffered by them.
In view of the importance of communications in such matters, the regional commander has demanded from Parliament to give him a liaison officer through who developments from investigations would be relayed to the august house.
The family too would be given periodic briefing from the regional police command through a representative, DAILY GUIDE has learnt from a source close to the regional commander.
Having won the confidence of the family, it has become worrying however that the regional command has been subtly relieved of the assignment; the case having been subtly moved to the CID headquarters’ Homicide Unit to continue.
Sources close to the Police yesterday confided in the DAILY GUIDE about what in their view was the absence of finesse in the manner in which the case was taken off the regional command and handed over to a new set of personnel.
Whoever takes over would have to maintain the standards set by the regional commander who has won the confidence of the bereaved family in a manner which makes them relate to him easily; his blend of policing and counseling being a major factor.
By A.R. Gomda