COP Alhassan addressing the junior police personnel
THE Director General (DG) of Administration and Welfare of the Ghana Police Service, Mohammed .A. Alhassan, says the Police Administration is determined to train and retain personnel to meet modern day policing to combat crime.
The DG of Administration and Welfare who is a Commissioner of Police (COP) says “the role of policing in every country, cannot be over emphasized,” adding that “the Headquarters Executive Management Board of the Service will do all that it takes to organise refresher courses to equip personnel of the Service.
COP Alhassan said this yesterday when he opened a two-week in-service training workshop for 150 personnel of junior rank of the Service drawn from all over the country.
He said it was the policy direction of the Police Administration to ensure consistency and continuity in training its personnel, noting that “since the beginning of this year, several training courses in specialized areas and fields have been conducted for police personnel.
Notable among them are intelligence gathering, criminal investigations, prosecution, human rights protection, anti-human trafficking and conduct of service enquiry”.
COP Alhassan said “today, it is the turn of Non-Commissioned Officers who perform what we call general duties, adding that “these are the men and women who confront the unknown and frequently interact with the general public”.
He stated that they have a really herculean task and this demands regular training to progressively build their competences and sustain their confidence.
COP Alhassan stressed that “police personnel deployed for general duties must be competent, assertive, knowledgeable and capable of thinking on their feet”, adding that “this stems from the fact that if the personnel commit even a single error it can result in the loss of precious lives”.
He said the uniqueness of the workshop was based on the fact that it was pivoted on revised syllabi with the application of content delivery methods which had been tried and tested by international standards.
“The trainers have been privileged to receive United Nations’ standard instructional training and it is this competency that they will bring to bear on their course,” he said.
He mentioned police procedures, criminal law, leadership skills, community policing, human rights protection, report writing, parade and weapon handling as some of the subjects that the participants will be taught and refreshed.
The training, he said, had multi-purpose intentions and targets, adding that “knowledge decays with the passage of time and if it is not sustained through revision and retraining, it will be a very serious challenge to the Service.
The course, he noted, was also to serve as confidence building and motivation forum to the participants, contending that “the world is now a global village where the learning of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) is very essential” and urged the participants to take a serious note for study.
He said the Police Administration had also instituted a commendation and awards scheme to reward personnel, emphasising that the Administration had interest of personnel at heart considering the daunting challenges they faced in the discharge of their duties.
“We are committed to recognising and rewarding police personnel in accordance with the provision of Service Instructions Number 65”, he stated, adding that “such award, will be in respect of personnel who have displayed exceptional zeal, devotion to duty or intelligence above average or have performed acts of outstanding courage in the execution of their duties.
He appealed to the participants not to take the course as a holiday period but take advantage to “learn and learn”.
The Commanding Officer of the National Police Training School, Chief Superintendent James Abass Abaa, expressed his appreciation to the Police Administration and the Headquarters Management Board for opening such an opportunity for personnel of the police to build their capacities.
He assured the Management Board of the determination of the participants to learn after which they will put what they had studied to work not only for themselves but to advance the forward march of the Police Service and the country at large.