Police officers extorting monies from drivers ‘shameful, disgraceful’ – DSP Obeng

    /    Jun 13, 2017   /     Ashanti, NewsBreak  /    Comments are closed  /    379 Views

Head of Research and Training with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has called for an end to the practice where traffic police officers allegedly extort monies from drivers who flout road traffic regulations.

According to DSP Kwaku Alexander Obeng, such practice only dents the image of the service and is inimical to efforts by police to discharge its road and traffic regulation duties properly.

He said police officers stationed at various intersections to check road regulations and also direct traffic are only mandated to arrest and process reckless drivers who flout the rules and are not in the position to extort monies from them at the expense of the crime committed.

The call comes in the wake of numerous concerns from drivers and members of the public within the Kumasi metropolis on the attitude of some traffic police officers who are stationed at various intersections to direct traffic and check road regulations.

Drivers alleged that, some officers stationed within the metropolis extort monies from them when they go contrary to road traffic regulations.

Some officers stationed at Adum, Kejetia, the Kumasi Central Market and Pampaso have been identified by drivers as those engaging in the act.

DSP Alexander Obeng while responding to the concerns on Daybreak Kapital on Kapital Radio 97.1 FM tasked the hierarchy of the service in the Ashanti Region to step their supervisory roles in checking officers who allegedly extort monies from drivers at duty post.

“The drivers are frustrated on daily basis by these unprofessional police officers and in the process the driver is under duress because the driver too also want to see him or herself so that particularly as a commercial driver you can continue and make a little sales and make up some money for the vehicle owner and himself or herself among others and is fueling this sub culture of driver –police extortion and corrupt practices and to think it is initiated by the traffic police officer to a very large extent and  it is very dangerous and very disgraceful.”

He added that “so I think that the traffic police boss or authority in Ashanti Region should increase their supervisory responsibility so that we would know those who are doing this whether they are traffic police officers indeed or other departmental personnel.”

The officer, described also as worrying how the Police Service has been topping a number of researches conducted to unearth corrupt practices in the country.

Source: Hafiz Tijani/Kapital971.com

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