The Police officers in a group photograph
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, has revealed that as part of the Police Service’s reformation strategies, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) will undergo a robust restructuring.
The objective, he said, is to establish a more professional and civil-oriented MTTD that will effectively discharge its mandate without reproach.
In this regard, he has directed that a nationwide internal recruitment, screening and retraining be carried out and those who will be selected will constitute the MTTD.
“The MTTD is the face of the Police Service and as long as personnel on our various roads and highways continue to exhibit low level of professionalism, it may be difficult to have a better image,” Mr Asante Apeatu stressed.
The IGP disclosed this at the closing ceremony of Junior Command Course 7 for 53 officers at the Ghana Police Service Command and Staff College at Winneba, Central Region.
The officers, with the ranks of Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), comprised 43 males and 10 females.
Mr Apeatu disclosed that when this is done, the administration expects a traffic department that will decisively deal with recalcitrant and reckless road users.
“Again, I am expecting a traffic police department that will add more value to our image. We cannot achieve our vision of a world-class police service capable of delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful service up to the standards of international best practice without winning the confidence, trust and cooperation of the public,” he noted.
The police boss said since its establishment in 2013, the college has trained about 591 senior officers.
He averred that the police administration was feverishly implementing human resource improvement strategies that would go a long way to build the capacity of personnel at all levels.
“Unfortunately, officers have erroneously linked graduation from a course at the college to immediate promotion to the next rank,” he said.
In an address, the Commandant of the college, ACP Dr Shaibu Gariba, said the college offers courses on junior command, senior command, police management, among others.
He said under the junior command course, the graduating personnel were taken through modules such as crime prevention strategies, staff duties, command and control, intelligence management and others.
ASP Peter Toobu took an award for exhibiting an exemplary leadership and overall best personnel during the course.
The second best position was awarded to ASP Bawa Alhassan.
By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey