Murder cases in the country shot-up by the end of first quarter (January-April) 2021, with the figures hitting over 144.
This figure is in sharp contrast with first quarter murder cases in last year, 2020, where by the end of April, the country had recorded less than 140 cases.
Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, who disclosed this at the opening of National Police Command Conference held in Accra on Friday attributed the ascending murder cases this year to inadequate number of police in the country.
He noted that police-civilian ratio was quite disturbing, saying that one police officer was responsible for 768 civilians (1:768)
“Currently as it stands now, one policeman is to 768 Ghanaian citizens”, he stated adding that the ratio was inadequate and unfortunate as he called for the urgent need to address the issue.
He said that the ratio actually falls below the global average which needed urgent attention by filling the gap of police human capital.
The Conference brought together the top hierarchy of the police leadership to discuss ways to ensure a safe and peaceful country.
Globally, India (South Asia) has the lowest police-civilian rations in the world. India has lowest police population ratios in the world
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By Ebenezer Owusu Ansah