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The Central Regional Police command is encouraging the public to report personnel who make financial demands before discharging their official duties.

Responding to claims that police personnel demand money for fuel and other inducements when members of the general public seek their services, the Central Regional Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Oppong in an interaction with ATL FM said the services of the police are free of charge. Under no circumstance therefore must anyone pay money to the police.

A recent CID report suggests crimes are on the decline in Ghana, but concerns are that victims may not be reporting crimes to the police. This is because the police are not entirely friendly and their services are sometimes paid for when victims want the diligent discharge of their duties.

ASP Oppong encourages members of the public to report policemen who ask for transportation or any other inducement. According to her, “these are some of the problems we want the general public to be reporting to us.”

The University for Development Studies (UDS), will from next academic year (2018/2019), introduce a new faculty and programmes as part of efforts to produce critical human resource for the development of the country.

The new programmes include Bachelor of Dental Surgery, BSc. Health Education and Promotion, BSc. Medical Records and Health Information Systems, BSc. Medical Imaging Technology, BSc. Anaesthesia, BSc. Dietetics, Certificate in law, and Faculty of Geosciences.

Professor Seidu Al-hassan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of UDS, who announced this during the UDS’ 25th matriculation ceremony in Tamale on Friday, said “these programmes have been recommended and approved by the Academic Programmes Committee and the Academic Board for implementation.”

The Central Regional Police Command says since the launch of “Operation Hit Hard” some two weeks ago, the activities of criminals in the region have drastically been reduced.

According to the central regional Police Commander, COP Rev. Nenyi Ampah Benin, the operation focuses on reducing criminal activities in the region to the barest minimum.

He said before the launch of the operation, Kasoa for example was virtually becoming inhabitable with criminals maiming and robbing residents of their personal belongings but now peace has returned.

Personnel at the University of Cape Coast [UCC] Security Section are inadequately resourced to effectively deal with the kind of robberies reported from the University community and its environs.

This was revealed by an intelligence officer with the UCC security section, Warrant Officer Moses Frempah in an interview on the Atlantic Wave on Thursday.

Mr. Frempah says they are only armed with truncheons, whistles and torchlights and these cannot counter the weapons wielded by the criminals.

The section also has just two vehicles serving the entire university community making them unable to respond promptly to crimes when they are reported.

The University of Cape Coast is surrendered by about seven communities where some students seek accommodation from private developers.