Pwalugu Police Training School cries for assistance

The Commanding Officer of the Pwalugu Police Training School in the Talensi District in the Upper East Region, Superintendent Acolatse William Yankey, has called on corporate bodies and individuals to support in the development of the school.

He said the training school, the youngest among the six police training schools in the country, was encountering a number of problems which called for external support to complement what the government had provided.

He said the school, which started with an intake of 400 police trainees in 2005, increased its intake to 915 trainees this year, out of which 596 recruits  passed out in June, indicating that the school was now facing problems with classroom and residential accommodation.

He said it had initiated a three-classroom project being financed from contributions from the weekly church offertories from the trainees and called on corporate organisations and individuals to support and complete the project, which is at the foundation level.

Superintendent William Yankey made this appeal during the presentation of 35 pieces of T-shirts, a set of jerseys, two footballs, 10 bunk beds, 20 mattresses  and a table tennis set by Latex Foam Company Limited  to the school. The items were valued at GH¢5,000.

The school also received a cheque for GH¢2,000 from  Stanbic Bank towards the construction of the three-classroom project and 25 photo sensor sky light road lamps from the Talensi District Assembly, as well as  a 1.5-kilometre cable from the Volta River Authority (VRA) under the Self Help Electrification Project ( SHEP) to improve street lighting in the school.

Superintendent William Yankey said the school now needed  nine-metre low tension poles to extend electricity from the school junction to the main campus and appealed to the district assembly, as well as the public, to help the school to acquire these poles.

He said the Inspector-General Of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Alhassan,  had directed that the Pwalugu Police Training School to be turned into a national operations training school where all police personnel will have to go for retraining and said the traditional authorities in the area had released a large acreage of land towards the development of the school.

The Marketing Manager of Latex Foam in charge of the Kumasi branch, Mr Issac Offei, said it  had a longstanding relationship with the Ghana Police Service and had been providing support to it over the years. He

said this was limited to only the southern sector, but the company had decided to extend it to the northern sector.

The Bolgatanga branch Manager of Stanbic Bank, Mr Stephen Asante, said policing was a shared responsibility and the bank’s support was part of its corporate social responsibility.

The Upper East Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Alex Quainoo, thanked the various organisations that made the donations for their kind gesture and said the resources would be put to good use.

By Alhandu Abdul-Hamid/Daily Graphic/Ghana

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