The United Kingdom (UK), under the auspices of the Department for International Development (DFID), has launched a two-week tactical training course for some officers of the Ghana Police Service in a bid to equip them on public order management ahead of the December polls.
The course, which opened on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Police Headquarters in Accra, is the first in a series of training programmes for 16,000 security officers drawn from the various security services. They would mainly be trained in election security and election laws.
Also 11 national communication base stations would be created across the country to enable nationwide radio communication for the police service. The beneficiary officers would not be trained in only public order management but also intelligence gathering. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Country Director of DFID, Danny Graymore, observed that Ghana has become a beacon of hope in the West Africa sub-region.
Ghana must therefore ensure that the police have the right skills and are positioned in the right place at the right time to make right decisions when the need arise while employing new tactics when new risks emerge, he indicated. He urged Ghana not to leave events to chance but plan in advance against any unforeseen circumstances, adding that the public expect that the police to remain bi-partisan and impartial to ensure peaceful and credible elections.