The Director General of the National Patrols Department of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Paul Manly Awini, has advised police officers to build a cooperative relationship with their community members if they are to effectively combat crime.
He said that, “the public will [only] be prepared to volunteer information on criminals to the police if there is a relationship with the public.”
He therefore charged the new police officers to exhibit a high sense of professionalism, civility and respect when dealing with members of the public and eschew that master-servant attitude, noting that “this will win their confidence and trust, and as a result, they may offer the requisite information and support we need to discharge our mandate effectively.”
He warned that the Police Administration will not countenance any acts of bribery, extortion or corruption by officers of the Service.
COP Awini, gave this advice at the passing out ceremony of the 2nd batch of 230 graduates of the Ghana Police Academy in Accra on Friday.
He reiterated the Administration’s readiness to ward off terrorism, which seems to have plagued all our neighbours.
In view of this, he said that these new officers had undergone training in rappelling, mountaineering, jumping from moving vehicles, firing from moving vehicles to suppress targets among other tactical training at the High Risk Operation Training School at Yilo Krobo, to “position them to respond appropriately to any attack on the country.”
He also noted that as part of the new Police Visibility and Accessibility strategy, there will be an intensification of police motorbike patrols in all parts of the county.
Policewoman Recruit Gifty Boahemaa Kwapong was adjudged the overall National Best Recruit, while Samuel Adu Benchie emerged as the best Graduate Recruit.
Nine recruits were given various awards as ‘Best in Physical Training’, ‘Best in Drills’, among others.
The graduating class was made up of 74 males and 156 females.
SOURCE: The Finder