Two Hundred and Seventy-six (276) Police recruits have passed out successfully after 28 weeks of training at the National Police Training School.
These recruits are among 966 recruits who were admitted into all the five (5) Police Training Schools on 31st December, 2018 making them the first batch from amongst 4,000 people recruited by government to augment the manpower needs of the Ghana Police Service.
The Reviewing Officer at the passing out parade, Hon. Henry Quartey, Deputy Minister for the Interior in his speech disclosed that government was determined to progressively recruit additional personnel to meet the UN Police/Population ratio of 1:500. This he believed would help the Ghana Police Service achieve its vision of becoming a world class Police Service.
He commended the recruits for successfully completing their training and reminded them of the sacrifices that the profession they have chosen required, adding that they should be guided by the Service’s motto, ‘Service with Integrity’ which calls for honesty, respect for fundamental freedoms and human right, professionalism, dedication, effectiveness and efficiency.
“Consider it as a calling to serve humanity, promote peace and security in this country”, he said.
Mr. Quartey admonished them to desist from negative conducts such as extortion and brutalities which tends to adversely affect public confidence and bring the corporate image of the Police Service into disrepute.
The Deputy Minister reminded them that since the Service is undergoing a transformation, and as they step out to discharge their duties, they are to see themselves as change agents, and urged them to strive to reverse this unpleasant perception by engaging themselves in professional acts and conducts which will improve public confidence and foster coherent partnership with the public they serve.
He assured that government would continue to prioritize the retooling of the Ghana Police Service to enable it keep pace with contemporary security challenges including terrorism, kidnapping, cybercrime, human Trafficking, piracy, narcotics, arms trafficking, among others.
Mr. Quartey reiterated government’s continuous support to the Ghana Police Service to consolidate internal peace and security in order to promote economic growth and sustainable development.
The recruits were taken through courses including Practical Police Duties, Police Service Instructions, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Investigation, Law of Evidence, Acts and Decrees, Basic Officer Skills, Professional Policing Ethics and Report Writing.
Others were English & French Languages, Fundamental Human Rights, Child Friendly Policing, Map Reading, First Aid, Client Care and Weapon Training among others.
The newly recruited officers are expected to serve a probation period of 18 months before being confirmed as Constables, subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.
Those whose conduct and performances do not live up to expectation will be summarily dismissed.
Recruit Richard Afetor was adjudged the Overall Best recruit.