The minority leader in parliament, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu has stressed that the Ghana police service must submit Ghana’s crime records to parliament for analysis and further policy implementations.
Haruna Iddrisu’s statement comes after incidence involving the police and armed robbers have increased over the past few days.
There have been incidences of police exchanging fire with armed robbers for a few days now which has seen a police officer being shot to death. The current incident saw the death of an ambulance driver who was shot in the eye by armed robbers.
Speaking to Citi News, Haruna Iddrissu indicated that the Ghana Police Service has failed to provide crime records to parliament over the past three years. He noted that it was a step in the wrong direction since they are to receive records every year, stating that it gives them a picture of crime in the country and necessary policies that should be put in place to curb the incidence. He said;
“The failure on the part of the police to provide the data has adversely affected public policy and planning. For the Ghana Police service, since 2017/2018, we have not seen that happen [the release of crime data].”
“For crime statistics we need it. What is the level of crime in Ghana; armed robber, rape, incest, all that. It guides us as a country on how to deal with matters of recidivism and others.”