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E/R: First Batch of Police Recruits Pass-Out in Koforidua

Four hundred and sixteen (416) Police recruits made up of 50 under cadets from the Koforidua Police training school have passed- out.

This is the first batch of police recruits trained under the recruit training reforms spearheaded by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.

The Director General of Administration, Ghana Police Service, COP Christian Tetteh Yohuno who was parade commander at the passing out parade held at Jubilee Park in Koforidua revealed that the IGP introduced the paradigm shift in recruit training modules and curriculum as part of the broader vision of the Police administration to meet evolving complexities of crime and improve professionalism.

He said emerging crimes, terrorism, cyber-related crimes, new policing challenges, and changes in the modus operandi of criminals are some of the issues confronting the service.

COP Yohuno said the IGP has therefore standardized recruit training modules and restructured recruit training activities with expanded improved facilities focusing on field training with practical attachment to gain field experience under close supervision of cadet officers.

“Hitherto, the emphasis was mainly on the enhancement of recruits knowledge on the laws they are expected to enforce when they pass out. But now, equal emphasis is placed on field training activities such as riding, driving, swimming, crowd control, incident, and disaster management, crime scene management, traffic management, radio communication, intelligence gathering, community-based patrols, charge office management, access control, arrest and search procedures, use of force procedures, human rights, clients care and professional police ethics, tactical progression, weapon handling, and high-risk operation”. COP Tetteh Yohuno announced.

COP Yohuno whilst commending GIZ for sponsoring the recruit training curriculum reforms, also acknowledged the West Africa Program to Combat AIDS and STI (WAPCAS) for partnering with the Police administration to develop an e-learning platform to enhance the training of recruits and personnel on modern policing methods and procedures, human right protection, investigative techniques, and procedures.

He stressed that the graduands were “exposed to practical policing at the training school, made to perform one month field (practical) duties, snap checks, public order management, and patrol duties in various communities, some were also attached to the criminal investigation Department (CID) and the charge offices to be abreast with what awaits them”.

The recruits were also sent to High-Risk Operation training school formerly Counter -Terrorism Enactment and concentration center at Huhunya in Yilo Krobo municipality for basic training in repelling, mountaineering, jumping from moving vehicles, firing from a speeding vehicle, suppressing targets, and host of tactical training to equip them with requisite skills to help anti-terrorism efforts by the Police service.

COP Tetteh Yohuno advised the graduands that “if gold is to rust, what then becomes of iron”  to caution them that, the police administration is weeding out from the service, miscreants, and criminals masquerading in police uniforms.

He, therefore, warned them to desist from bribery, extortion, violent crimes, and any other unethical conduct to escape the sword.

General Recruit Collins Ahenkorah of Koforidua Police Training School emerged overall best recruit and also the National best recruit having placed first in the National Recruits standardized Examination.

Present at the passing out parade was Eastern Regional Minister Seth Kwame Acheampong, Eastern Regional Police Commander DCOP Anderson Fosu- Ackah.

Source: Ansah

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