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The use of brute force is over – IGP

By
Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 9, GNA – Mr David Asante-Apeatu,
the Inspector-General of Police, has said the exercise of brute force, use of repressive
and suppressive policing styles in the country are over.

He said the Police Administration, which was
pursuing a transformation agenda, would rather deliver planned, democratic,
protective and peaceful services up to the standard of international best
practices.

Mr Asante-Apeatu said the Police Service,
under his leadership, was undergoing a robust transformation programme geared
towards the realisation of a world class policing.   

He, therefore, urged every police officer to
have a full grip of the vision and mission of the Service and the
transformation agenda in order to achieve the objectives.

Mr Asante-Apeatu, who is the Chairman of the
Police Management Board, said this at the opening ceremony of the 47th
Cadet Course at the Ghana Police Academy in Accra on Wednesday. 

The six-month course, which started on July
31, and expected to end on February 3, 2018, comprised 130 police officers made
up of 86 males and 44 females drawn across the country.

They would undergo training in Management
Studies, Crime Prevention and Investigation, Operational Planning and Patrols,
Service Enquiry, Criminal Procedures, Law of Evidence, and Anti-human
Trafficking among other relevant courses that would expand their scope of
knowledge for effective policing.

The IGP said he expected police officers to
situate every decision into the vision of the Service, saying; “The time has
come for us to deliver a policing service that best serves the interest of the
citizens of this country and other jurisdiction that need our services. Our
services must have the Ghanaian at heart”.

He noted that the transformational agenda and
the training package were expected to produce officers with a transformed
mindset ready to explore beyond the ordinary levels of enforcement.

“By the time you complete this programme, I
have no doubt that a new bred of officers will have been turned out.

“I’m non-compromising on issues of discipline
and our core values of integrity, respect for the law and professionalism.

He urged the officers to comply with the rules
and regulations governing the course and the Service, adding; “The Police
Service carries with it the values and norms of the organisation and if any of
you show incompatibility at this stage, I promise that, that individual will be
removed from the Academy”.

He said: “You cannot strive for excellence
without discipline. We live in a civilised society and civility must reflect in
all your actions”.

Mr Asante-Apeatu said the personnel of the
Youth Employment Agency, under the Community Protection Agenda, were expected
to complement their efforts to extend their services to all towns and villages
across the country.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr
Fosu-Ackaah, the Commandant of the Ghana Police Academy, said the training
would enhance the command and managerial skills of the personnel, which would
ultimately improve community safety and security.

He commended the Police Administration for the
massive renovation carried out at the Administration Block and other structures
at the school that would create a conducive environment for quality training.

The Ghana Police Academy, hitherto called the
Police College, was established in 1959 to train senior police officers to
provide quality policing comparable to best international standards.

GNA

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