Some 166 Police constables within the Northern Region have started a three week refresher course in Tamale.
The course is meant to sharpen their Policing skills and the peace officers will be taken through the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), CI 76 and on the Service Instructions of the Ghana Police Service by seasoned Police officers within the Service.
Northern Regional Police Commander COP Timothy Y. Bonga at the opening ceremony said “the Police administration is organizing the training program nationwide to build the capacity of our men and women to be able to fight crime so that the communities’ we police will be safe”.
He added that crime is getting sophisticated and criminals continue to improve their strategy to outwit crime fighters and therefore urged the officers to be attentive and sharpen their skills to be able to effectively carry out their duties.
COP Timothy Y. Bonga said the three weeks course will be organized for all ranks of the service and it will be used for promotion of deserving officers.
The Northern Regional Commander of the MTTD, Supt Mahmud Yussif said the training could not have come at a better time since the constables have not had any formal retraining since leaving the Police training school some four years ago.
He said the course will help bridge the gap between the time the officers left the Police training school and the time they have been on the ground and also help them get the understanding of the practical challenges that confront them on duty.
“The course syllabuses are well detailed to address any lapses in the service and there will be an examination after the three weeks course, if you don’t pass, no promotion for you!” Supt Mahmud Yussif cautioned.
Story by: Edward A. Ken-Zorre