A security analyst, Mr Emmanuel Kutin has described as shameful and lazy the swoops by the police and military which saw many suspected criminals arrested in the Central and Western Regions yesterday.
A police cum military team on Thursday raided Buduburam near Kasoa in the Central Region and Sekondi in the Western Region, arresting 141 and 217 suspected criminals respectively.
According to the police in a statement released yesterday, the move was in response to intelligence they gathered and it formed part of a nationwide strategy to build and sustain confidence in the people.
But speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News, Mr Kutin disagreed with the move and subsequent assertions by the police, terming it as archaic and a violation of the rights of the affected people.
“Unfortunately that was a lazy way of fighting crime and if you look at swoops over the period, it is archaic. Taking swoop on innocent citizens violates their rights. When you are acting on intelligence, you don’t arrest innocent people. There is a clear distinction between intelligence and swoops. If you are acting on intelligence, you even do the operation and go out of the vicinity and nobody knows what is happening; so it is a lazy way,” he said.
Mr Kutin believes that there is the need to conduct a total audit in the police service and retrain and reorient the personnel to come up to speed with the modern way of fighting crime.
According him, the police service as it is now has been set up to fight citizens instead of fight for and protecting them.
“I was talking about human resource which has to do with training. If you look at the current dispositions of our service, it is predating colonial period when they were trained to be against the people. So they appear to be a tyranny force. What they did yesterday was kind of shameful and even the private security guards if you arm them with weapons, they can do same,” he said.
“So we must move to population centred security where we must see the citizens as major stakeholders. It simply means that the police cannot make these decisions on our behalf with consulting us,” he opined.
He also bemoaned the level of political interference in the police service, adding it a major reason which the police cannot perform their duties as they should.
“We have to look at how we can win political interference in the service. I have always been a champion of the need for us to have an independent police commission where decisions are taken by the service itself, promotions are based on merit, people who aspire to the position of IGP go through a process and gets elected by the police council and recommend to the president for appointment.”
“Until we can get to this point anything we do will be a mirage,” he said.