The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Issahaku Chinnia has revealed that there has been an upsurge in the crime rate in the region over the last two years.
According to him, this partly due to the number of Police personnel in the region which has reduced drastically from 1500 to 917.
Speaking at the Regional Coordinating Council meeting, he said more than 500 police personnel have been transfered from the region without replacement.
He said the personnel in the region now are unable to combat crime effectively leading to increases in armed robberies and other criminal activities.
On the way forward, Mr Issahaku said the regional coordinating council has resolved to petition the Interior Minister and the IGP over the issue
“Between 2016 and 2017, out of the 1,500 personnel we had here, it has reduced to 917 which means that about 583 police personnel have been transferred without replacement. And that partly explains the reason why we have armed robbery situation in the region rising and a lot of criminal activities happening.
“The Police visibility in the region is going down as a result of these transfers. And so as a regional coordinating council, we have decided that we will formally write to the ministry of interior and the IGP to express our concerns on the manner in which Police people are being transferred from this area.”