The Police Administration has found it imperative to highly prioritise the continuous training of its personnel to adequately prepare them to meet the daunting challenges associated with their various tasks.
The Police Administration said this in an address delivered by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kofi Boakye, at the closing ceremony of the first batch of ‘Sergeant to Inspector Promotion Course’ for 156 participants at the Central Regional Police Training School at Winneba.
Participants were taken through, topics including Legal Systems, Leadership Skills, Police Procedures, Community Policing, Report Writing and Traffic Management.
ACP Boakye said in the past, majority of personnel in the Inspectorate Rank passed through gruelling competitive promotion examinations, which among others tested their theoretical understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a station officer.
He said the current situation is quite different because most Chief Inspectors and Inspectors earned their ranks through academic qualifications or long service without the opportunity of acquiring the specific knowledge and competencies required of a station officer.
ACP Boakye said in this regard, the course was designed to bridge the knowledge gap and prepare the participants in relevant areas that would enhance quality service delivery.
He, therefore, urged them to put to good use the knowledge and skills they had acquired, be determined to be officers with a difference, eschew acts of indiscipline, corruption and other unprofessional conduct to avoid being found wanting.
ACP Boakye later expressed gratitude to Nenyi Ghartey VII, Paramount Chief of Effutu Traditional Area, for his efforts in assisting the Training School, especially in the tarring of the parade ground to bring it to international standards.
The Commanding Officer of the School, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Samuel Asiedu Okanta, thanked the Inspector General of Police and other stakeholders for introducing the Sergeant to Inspector Course and for their commitment to sustain the programme.
He suggested the establishment of a police academy solely for in-service training and promotional courses to improve professionalism.