THE Eastern Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) George Anko-Bil, has called on retired police personnel, especially senior officers, to assist those in active service in maintaining law and order in the communities.
He said the call had become necessary because retired police personnel had the knowledge and experience that should be imparted to the young ones manning the various police stations.
DCOP Anko-Bil made the appeal at a send-off party held by the Eastern Regional Police Command in Koforidua on Sunday for four officers who had retired from the service after serving for an average of 30 years.
The retired officers were the Regional Crime Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Elizabeth Enyonam Akpasu, Chief Superintendent Peace Adjo Mowono, the Regional Communication Officer, Superintendent Asare Nyampong, and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Manase Nyasem.
DCOP Anko-Bil said although policemen, especially officers who had the experience and knowledge, had to retire at a certain age, the best way they could assist their communities was to assist those in active service in such areas with advice to fight crime, which has taken a sophisticated form.
“Retired officers have the knowledge and experience to fight crime and it will be beneficial to the community, especially your own people, if you assist policemen in charge of the police stations in whatever way to fight crime,” he stressed.
The Regional Police Commander stated that retired officers often faced challenges such as hostility from some aggrieved members of the community due to the firmness of peace officers while in active service.
That, he said, was normal, adding that such a hostile attitude from the public should rather spur them on to serve the community while on retirement.
DCOP Anko-Bil described the four retired officers as efficient and dedicated while in active service, which made it possible to maintain law and order at the various areas they were posted to.
On behalf of his colleagues, Supt. Nyampong thanked the Eastern Regional Police Command for the honour done them.