The Ghana Police service says it has deployed personnel of its K-9 Unit to vantage points in the national capital Accra to trace contraband goods and criminals.
The K-9 Unit consists of dogs and professional dog trainers.
A statement released by the Police says this deployment is aimed to increase Police visibility in an effort to deter crimes.
“As part of the Proactive Preventive Policing Strategy, the K-9 Unit of the Ghana Police Service, with renewed energy, has commenced its outdoor operations. For the past couple of weeks, personnel with highly-trained security dogs under leash, have been strategically positioned across the Capital for operational patrols,” the Police said in the statement.
The statement added that there are plans to extend this component to other regions to aid in increasing police visibility.
“We shall continue to pursue multiple Security and Visibility Modules to increase our interactions with the public and aggressively fight crime in our communities. We are here because of you and we rely on your help and support to succeed,” the statement said.
Since assuming the office of Chief Constable, IGP Georg Akuffo-Dampare, has been surprising Ghanaians with innovations. Before the current deployment, the Police under Dampare had announced intent to deploy horse riding officers as well.
However, it appears that idea has since been ditched given the sophistry and increased brutality that violent criminals, especially armed robbers, have been using in their nefarious activities.