July 24, 2024
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S/R: NCCE Holds Police-Community Dialogue at Daboya

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) says it is committed to educating and encouraging the public to defend the Constitution as part of its civic responsibilities.

The NCCE in North Gonja Directorate organized a Police-Community Dialogue on Friday, 5th July 2024, to foster positive relationships and reduce tension between the Ghana Police Service and the civilian community.

The dialogue session funded by the European Union (EU) in the Daboya community was held under the theme: “Preventing and Containing Violent Extremism Action in the Northern Regions of Ghana (PCVE).”

The North Gonja District Director of NCCE, Mr. Mathew Dute, explained that the dialogue aims at encouraging community members to cooperate with police investigations and address underlying issues contributing to crime.

Dealing with extremism requires collaboration and cooperation from all stakeholders. By adopting inclusive leadership practices, we can build resilient communities that reject violence and extremism, fostering a more peaceful and harmonious society, he added.

The Savannah Regional NCCE Director, Mr. Issaka Zitor, speaking as the guest of honor also urged the residents of North Gonja to support the Ghana Police Service to strengthen democracy and promote a culture of civic engagement and participation in public safety.

Engaging in dialogue, communities and police can work together to prevent violence and extremism, creating safer and more harmonious communities, he noted.

In his remarks, Kwaku Dei Samuel, the Daboya Police Commander, acknowledged the concerns of the community members, stressing that the police are there to serve the populace, not to oppress them. He further emphasized the need for community members to always see the police as friends.

Collaborative problem-solving becomes easier when community members and police have a friendly relationship. When community members view police as friends, they are more likely to report crimes and provide valuable information, he said.

The event was attended by political party leaders, community members, representatives of the Ghana Ambulance Service, and members of the Ghana National Fire Service.

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