Assembly members in the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly have criticised police in the Tamale metropolis about the way and manner personnel discharge their duty in combating crime.
They have challenged the police for touting the success of their swoop to get rid of criminals in Tamale and calls for more collaboration.
Contributing to the presentation by the metropolitan police commander on crime rate in Tamale at the second ordinary meeting, the assembly members say it cannot be true that the exercise in the forest was successful.
The suspected criminals in the forest the assembly observed have rather increased.
Some members were not also happy about the police approach in dealing with criminals in their electoral areas.
Some of the assembly members accused some police officers of pre informing criminals, especially the wee smoking gangs any time a swoop plan is about to be executed and urged the police to do self-assessment.
Some also accused personnel of exhibiting total ignorance when it comes to effecting arrest of suspects.
They suggested to the police to direct their efforts towards addressing what they called unregulated sales of tramadol which they say was the route cause of the youth indiscipline.
But, Superintendent Appiah assure the police will collaborate to ensure sanity in the metropolis. He hinted the police intention of revisiting the forest and the ghettos.
The police lamented about the pressure that normal mounts them anytime they carry out such exercises.
He revealed that they sometimes desert their offices for few days after taken the hard decision to arrest criminals to avoid some opinion leaders in the society.
He urged the mayor not to be discourage about the exercise.
In his view, the exercise must be continuing and pleaded with the assembly members to ensure that the exercise is sustained.
He explained that the police cannot give out bail to criminal’s offense to assembly members but can only do so on minor offenses.
He admitted that, some junior ranks may have leaked information to criminals but assured that, it will be deal with.
On the sales of tramadol, Mr Appiah said there is an Operation going on to get rid of it from certain chemical shops.
He mentioned transfer of personnel without replacement as one the major challenge confronting his outfit.
According to him, 40 personnel were transferred without replacements last year which affected the police strength.
The presiding member of the assembly, Mr. Abu Takoro assure the police of their support but call for effective cooperation to ensure security in the communities.