Police Prepare To Deal With Security Challenges
The Ghana police service would soon turn the Pwalugu Police Training School into a specialized training institute that would be responsible for building the capacity of personnel of the service to enable the police carry out services that would meet international standards.
This has become necessary because considering the emerging law enforcement and security challenges confronting the country and the sub-region, adhoc approach to building police capacity had fallen short of the expected requisite level of skills.
The Director General of Police in Charge of Operations, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Mr. John Kudalor made this known at the opening ceremony of a 30 day special training programme for 130 police personnel from eleven regions in the country at the Ho Police Training School yesterday. The training programme is dubbed: ‘Special weapon and tactics’.
DCOP Kudalor stressed that the 30 day special training programme would ensure that police personnel go through vigorous exercises, different weapon handling, crime and violent crowd management, strategies to counter terrorism and armed criminals under the tutelage of local instructors drawn from formed Police Unit and Rapid Deployment Force who are all versed in Public Order and Safety Management.
He said the Inspector General of Police and Police Management Board would also follow closely the conduct of both the trainer and the trainee within the period to ensure that quality training was offered noting that the Ho special training programme was just the beginning of future training programmes that would be carried out.
The Director General in Charge of Operations noted that societies are continuously undergoing structural changes and becoming more complex with more challenging trends in general crime prevention adding that the Police administration had lined up programmes to keep its personnel abreast of the changing trends in policing.
He continued that the policing function had become complicated hence the demand on the Ghana Police Service which has the constitutional mandate to maintain internal security to deal with the situation.
‘This means that police personnel must be trained to prepare them adequately for specialized roles and skills in order to deliver quality service to meet acceptable international policing standards,’ he stressed.
The Volta Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr. Fred Kofi Agyepong Asare urged the personnel to be disciplined both at and off the training field as well as to show more commitment to learning new skills in modern policing strategies that the various instructors would expose them to.
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