The Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Police Service has embarked on an outreach programme for students and teachers in various educational institutions about the negative implication of using illicit drugs.
The sensitization programme which already has taken place in some Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the Kumasi metropolis aims at ensuring the youth develop no interest in hard drugs which will affect their health in future.
Unit commander in the region at the Regional Police Command, ASP Jeremiah Alale revealed some innovative methods police in the region were using to track down suspected drug dealers.
The commander stated on Otec FM’s political flagship programme “Dwabirem” the “Operation Trace the Rout’’ has successfully led to many arrests and prosecution of drug offenders whose activities were posing security threat to the people. He stated that the criminals were arrested from their hideouts in Bantema, Krofrom-Colombia, Ashtown and other places upon tip-offs from the residents.
ASP Alale tells rawgist.com in an interview the fight against illicit drugs should be a concern to everybody and asked parents and teachers to closely monitor their wards especially when they are in schools and at homes.
“Start suspecting children if you see thread and syringe or when they start to wear perfumes of a high scent… It is an indication they may be engaging in drug-related activities. Monitor their demeanor, kind of music they dance to or play”.
The coommander said “a lot of criminals arrested and currently serving a minimum of ten years in jail were on hard drugs or committed crimes under influence of alcoholic drinks”.
ASP Jeremiah Alale therefore urged the general public to report suspected drug dealers to the Police for action be taken. He promised to conceal identities of their informants.