The Awutu Senya District Police Commander, Superintendent Joshua Semanyoh, has appealed to citizens to assist the police in discharging their duties.
Addressing representatives at a ‘Decriminalising vagrancy laws and advocacy project’ project in Senya Breku, Superintendent Semeyoh reiterated the need for citizens to cooperate with the police.
“For the laws to work, we need you to work hand in hand with us because policing is a sacrificial job,” he said.
He argued that it was high time Ghana had an alternative sentencing regime.
” We are ready to work with the District Assembly. We should be able to resolve petty offending issues without necessarily referring them to the court. We can do these things amicably,” he said.
On his part, the Executive Director of Crime Prevention Organisation, Crime Check Foundation, Ibrahim Oppong-Kwarteng, urged the assembly to find an alternative sentencing regime as a creative way of raising money.
“Find creative ways of raising revenue because central government alone cannot solve all the problems in the district,” he said.
Vagrants were drawn from the scraps dealer’s association, ‘okada’ riders, traders, representatives from the landlords association, Zoomlion, people living with disabilities, drivers’ union, and representatives from the traditional council to participate in the programme.
A vagrant is a person without a settled home or work who wanders from place to place and lives by begging or hawking on the streets.
Superintendent Semanyoh admonished the participants to do everything possible to avoid being in contravention with the law.
“Do everything possible to avoid jail because it is not a pleasant experience, and you can only do this by adhering to the laws of the country,” he appealed.
The project will run from May 2021 to May 2022.
The one-year project will be rolled out in 12 metropolitan assemblies in three regions; Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Central.
“We have begun with the mapping, and we are engaging with the various district assemblies in the selected regions and the leadership of vagrants”.
The project will sensitize 1200 vagrants about their rights and responsibilities to prevent any misunderstandings with the assemblies.
“In order not to seem as we are inciting vagrants against the district assemblies and the central government, we will also educate them about their duties as patriotic citizens,” he added.
Monitoring and Evaluation
To monitor the progress and effectiveness of the project, a contact centre will be created after the sensitization to address the concerns of vagrants at the partnering organization, Crime Check Foundation.
According to Mr Kwarteng, the police will also be engaged to monitor the progress of the project.
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