Mr Samuel Justice Adjei, Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, has advised security personnel to avoid acts that undermine the profession and concentrate on their core duty of protecting lives and properties.
Mr Adjei gave the advice at the opening of a three-day capacity building training workshop for personnel of Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Thursday at Abesim near Sunyani
The programme, jointly organized by the Brong-Ahafo Regional Office of DOVVSU and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), was attended by 30 participants from the Region.
It aimed among others at sensitizing the personnel to exhibit professionalism on duty and to learn new techniques for proper implementation of the Domestic Violence Act to achieve its goals.
He complained that organized crime had been on the ascendency in various parts of the country even though the Security Services were putting in more efforts to minimize it.
Mr Adjei, therefore, urged the Police to be ahead of the criminals to clamp down on their activities and also asked the public to support them with prompt information about criminals in their communities.
He emphasized that crime fighting was not the duty of the Police alone but a shared responsibility of all because the prosperity of businesses and families could only be achieved in a peaceful, secured, and a stable environment.
Mr Adjei called on political, traditional, and religious leaders to refrain from intervening in criminal issues and allow the law to take its full course because some leaders had been doing that with the view to preserving family and community cohesion.
Such interventions to settle acts of violations and maltreatment, he said, meant allowing miscreants to have their way to destroy the peace of the nation.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Maxwell Atingane, Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Commander, stated that Domestic violence had devastating and long term effect on its victims.
Violence that involved sexual assault could result in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), unwanted pregnancies, abortions and other complications, he explained.
He, however, said lack of funds was a major challenge in building the capacity of personnel who handled domestic cases in the various stations.
Some of the topics treated are on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Effective Handling of Domestic Violence Cases and Victim Role Play, Domestic Violence Act and Basic Techniques in Counselling.