Hoteliers urged to work closely together to speed up criminal investigations

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The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has urged the Ghana Hotel Association (GHA) to work closely with security agencies to expedite criminal investigations.

The service says this would support and promote the peace of the nation.

He said the association could do this by constantly keeping track of tenants’ identities to ensure their premises do not become a haven for criminal activity.

“This is a critical role that, when done diligently, could go a long way in helping us fight all forms of crime across the country.”

Chief Superintendent Jacob Lartey, head of the Central Region Immigration Enforcement Unit, was speaking at the GHA Security Forum designed to educate hotel employees on their role in combating crime and in the fight against crime.
It also aimed to equip hoteliers with the necessary knowledge and information on violent extremism to address critical security issues and activities in their workplaces.

Organized by the association, its theme was: “Mitigation of the terrorist threat in Ghana; the role of hotels.
Chief Superintendent Lartey instructed them to always report all questionable personalities, to cooperate fully while availing themselves of their facilities for verifications and, above all, to honor invitations for questions and answers.
Superintendent of Police Irene Serwaah Oppong, Public Relations Officer for the Central Region (PRO) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), said preventing violent extremism in the country rests on the shoulders of all Ghanaians .

She said security issues were important to the nation and should be a priority for everyone, adding that it was necessary to voluntarily provide the police with information that needed urgent attention.

The PRO Police have urged hoteliers to strengthen their internal security measures to flush out suspicious people who frequent their facilities.

She advised them to hire qualified professionals to install their security cameras and to always monitor the cameras to track the activities as well as the movements of visitors to prevent crimes in their facilities.

Divisional Officer III Mustapha Nyarko Hammah, a security officer with the National Fire Service of Ghana, briefed hoteliers on basic fire tips and measures to be taken in their facilities to avoid fires.

He said fire safety was a shared responsibility and so it took all hands to keep everyone safe at work, at home or wherever they were.
The security manager further urged hoteliers to have adequate security measures in place and to always be security conscious.
“Let’s be your first point of call even before you try to put out an explosion, don’t wait for the situation to escalate, we are at your entire disposal,” he reassured.

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