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Ghana Police Service to be transformed into world class – IGP

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, July 8, GNA – The Ghana Police Service
is striving to actualise its vision of becoming a world class police service,

Mr David Asante-Apeatu, the Inspector General
of Police, has said.

He said the Service aimed at delivering
planned, democratic, protective and peaceful services up to the standards of
international best practices.

Mr Asante-Apeatu said this in his closing
remarks at the end of a two-week police pre-deployment training programme in
Accra.

It was organised by the Kofi Annan
International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and supported by the German
Foreign Ministry.

It was targeted at enhancing the capacity of
the Ghana Police Service to deliver effectively at both operational and
tactical levels, relating to the roles, responsibilities and operating
procedures of police managed tasks in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
(UNPKO).

It also sought to enormously impact on the
overall professional competence and officer behaviour of trainees and personnel
and delivering international best police services in conflict areas.

A total of 60 participants from the Ghana
Police Service took part in the programme, of which half were female police
officers.

Mr Asante-Apeatu lauded the trainees for the
keen interest and enthusiasm they demonstrated throughout the duration of the
programme.

“I hope your expectations, regarding the
organisation and delivery of this course have been met,” he said.

“We can further collaborate to explore other
critical tactical areas of policing, including counter terrorism, transnational
organised crime, human trafficking and proliferation of small arms.

“I am of the view that these
collaborations will not only benefit the Ghana Police Service but the police
services of the ECOWAS Region,” he added.

Participants were taken through topics such as
nature of conflicts in Africa, African Union history and background,
introduction to UNPKO and UNPKO functions.

Others were Human Rights in Peacekeeping
Operation, respect for diversity in UN, sexual exploitation and abuse,
community based policing, humanitarian assistance, personal security, to
prepare and equip trainees for their upcoming mission.

According to Chief Superintendent Isaac
Asante, a participant, apart from classroom work, a field trip was also
undertaken for participants to have an experience of what they were to expect
at the mission area.

He said the topics were professionally handled
by both seasoned local and international experts with the active involvement of
all participants.

“Indeed, we are happy to say that the rich
facilitation skills exhibited by the resource persons and our active
involvement made the training easier and lively.

“It is also worthy mentioning that a lot
have been learnt within this short period of time, which without any doubt
would enhance our performance at the mission areas when deployed,” he
said.

“We promise to work hard not only to make
Ghana Police and ourselves proud, but the UN in general.”

Mr Christoph Retzlaff, the German Ambassador,
recounted that the German Government had supported the Centre since its
inception in 2003.

He said Germany continued to support the
Centre with the sum of two million Euros and had assisted it in organising 27
courses.

He said the Germany was also supporting the
Centre with two police advisors, one military advisor and one technical
advisor, which showed the importance his government attached to the Centre.

“I congratulate the Commandant and staff of
KAIPTC and the trainees for the successful completion of the course,” he
said.

GNA

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