The District Chief Executive Officer, for Gomoa East in the Central Region, Solomon Darko Quarm, is proposing a shoot-to-kill method as a way of dealing with the rising spate of crime in the area.
His suggestion, however, follows the killing of two police officers at Kasoa Bundumburum in the Region.
According to Mr Quarm, criminals have gained certain bravery that gives them the idea they can attack law enforcers and get away with it.
“The situation we are seeing now appears to make the police cowed down, which is not good for the civilians whom they are supposed to protect,” he told Ernest Kojo Manu in an interview on Weekend 1 on the JoyNews TV.
He explained the shoot-to-kill order is a caution to criminals to not confront policemen with weapons.
In another interview with Adom TV, the DCE who is also the head of the security council in his district, explained it was wrong for civilians who had been accosted by police to take matters into their own hands.
The DCE said if any civilian has been at the end of unfair police treatement it is only proper to report the incident.
“I have told them, if anyone pulls a knife, a gun or any other deadly thing on them, they should also attack,” Mr Quarm stated.
He stated the police are not only the protection agency for civilians but also had families who are looking forward to seeing them at the end of each workday.
Mr Quarm says his outfit will not allow criminals to take dominion of the area, especially Buduburam and Gomoa Akotsei as well as the Senya Bereku highway.