The Director General of the Public Affairs of Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu has called on Ghanaians to assist the Police in the fight against mob injustice.
In an interview with UniversNews, ACP David Eklu pointed out that, there are laid down procedures that they put culprits through to ensure the right punishment is meted out to an alleged thief.
‘’When somebody is arrested,the person is taken through the basic processes and most of the offences now are billable so if you see them back on the street, it does not mean they have been set free, either the person has been granted bail to appear before court or police inquiry bail for the person to appear before the police’’
He has asked Ghanaians to exercise patience to allow the police do their job when a suspected thief is caught instead of serving their own justice.
ACP Eklu also advised Ghanaians to send in their constructive criticisms on the work of the police to enable them provide quality service to the country.
The criticism, he explained, was necessary for rectifications to be made on the processing work of an alleged criminal.
‘’We also need feedback from the citizens to also know if there are any fault lines in the way we do policing then we can also straighten up and know what has happened’’
He further outlined the various processes that an alleged thief passes through to ensure that the right punishment is meted out to them. He explained that it takes time but they do what they are supposed to do to ensure they have the right amount of information to implicate a culprit.
‘’The criminal justice system begins like this;the case is reported to the police, and then the suspect is arrested and identified. Then the statement is taken and then the evidence gathered to either support the charge against the person or clear the person’’
He proceeded to explain the various documents that are prepared to have various required information is put in print to make the case solid enough.
‘’After that a docket is prepared,this is basically a file that contains all the statements and evidence. This docket is sent to the attorney general’s department for advice especially when it comes to serious cases like murder, robbery cases and others. He will study the docket,looks at the weight of the evidences and gives further directives. Then the case proceeds to court.’’
He however stated that cases of mob injustice is on a downward spiral following the massive education ,the necessary processes taken by the police service to bring under control.
‘’Even though that menace has not completely been eliminated, I think that the scale that we use to have has reduced.’’
Story by: Jocelyn Kugblenu|universnewsroom.com