THE Ghana Police Service has set up a Marine Police Unit to counter crime that may arise as a result of the emerging oil and gas industry.
The Inspector General of Police Paul Quaye who disclosed this said the service has taken proactive steps to contain crime related to the industry.
Speaking here on Thursday, during the Commissioning of a GH426,000 modern police station, he said some personnel have been trained for the unit and there were plans to train more in advanced courses to equip them with the requisite capacities and competencies to police the Oil and Gas Industry.
The Police station with three houses and a multi-purpose hall to accommodate 20 personnel, was constructed by Emess Construction limited for the police to maintain law and order in the Emess estates and surrounding areas
Additionally the firm donated GH¢200,000 double cabin pick up for patrol duties.
The station has offices, male and female cells, with water closet, toilet facilities.
Mr. Tawiah appealed to stakeholders in the real estate industry to consider initiating and supporting a legislation that will compel estate developers to provide police stations as part of their social responsibilities in every new estate that they establish.
This he said would enable the police provide adequate security for new communities which for lack of funds the police found it difficult to put up police station there.
He said due to the rapidly developing suburbs in Greater Accra most of which were unplanned there was police presence.
“The activities of squatters and land guards also pose problems as some land guards serve as recruits for armed robbers”.
Mr Tawiah said as part of efforts to resolve this, the police administration was adopting the community policing concept where members of the community would partner the police to control crime.
Mr Tawiah said joint Police/Military patrols were being planned to reduce crime during Christmas and to reduce road accidents, a task force, comprising the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit the Driver Vehicle and Licencing Authority and Ghana Roads Safety Commission had started conducting checks, drunk driving and the validity of drivers licenses.
The General Management Emefs. Enoch Antsuah Mensah said the rising numbers of armed robbery in the Mataheko area prompted the management of the firm to donate the police station to ensure security.
He said there was a proposal to build another Police Station in a 1200 unit satellite city at Afienya.
He called on other estate developers to put premium on the safety of their clients by making similar provision for the police to be able to control crime effectively.
In line with that Mr Mensah appealed to government to provide tax relief to motivate developers to go into the provision of accommodation to the police ACP Augustine Gyening Tema Regional Police Commander Commended the Management of the firm for their commitment in ensuring that the people who lived in and around their estate enjoyed adequate security.