Police Staff College commences in November - President Mahama
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday said Government had established a Police Command and Staff College which would begin academic work in November at Winneba.
He said the college would, among other areas, cover strategic command courses such as; Strategic Management, Strategic Policing and Development, and Peace and Development for both senior and junior officers.
President Mahama said this when he addressed the 45th Annual Police Officer Cadets graduation at the Police Training College at Tesano in Accra.
In all 190 officers from mainly Ghana and a few from Liberia and Sierra Leone, who had undergone 18 months of intensive police training, graduated into the officer rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police.
President Mahama gave the assurance that Government would not renege on its responsibility to adequately cater for the needs of the Ghana Police Service and urged personnel to reciprocate that gesture by conducting themselves professionally in all their endeavours.
“As a security service, you need to operate within the confines of the law by leading exemplary lives that would encourage the civilian citizenry to respect the laws and regulations of this country,” President Mahama said.
He commended the police for the performance before, during and after the 2012 general election and, particularly, the incident-free surveillance provided during the election petition at the Supreme Court.
President Mahama said the paradigm shift from reactive policing to preventive policing was commendable and urged the leadership of the Police Service to continue to be proactive to drastically reduce crime in the country.
He said: “Government, through the Ministry of the Interior, was monitoring your performance and will also resource you adequately to conduct your duties efficiently and professionally.”
The President said as part of the empowering process of the Service to work professionally, Government had re-established the Marine Police and equipped the unit with boats to combat maritime crime along the coastal areas of the country.
He said similar support programmes were being drawn to adequately equip the Rapid Response Unit to perform creditably to reduce the crime rate in all corners of the country.