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Extend training for police recruits to 12 months – Police administration urged 

The Police administration has been urged to consider reviewing the training duration for police recruits from six months to a maximum of twelve months.


Social  Commentator and Youth Activist Mr. Kwabena Frimpong believes that  the police are responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public law and order but the period of training is woefully adequate to equip them physically and mentally for this challenges.



He is of the view that their professional responsibilities could be carried out in a more professional manner if the period of time used to train new police personnel is extended beyond the current six months period.


Mr. Kwabena Frimpong on Kumasi-based Boss Fm  lamented  that as a result of the shorter period used in training the personnel recruited into the police service, there seems to be a rush on the training and this does not help in anyway as they fail to acquire the necessary professional skills needed for effective policing.


He has therefore called for a national discourse  on the issue for the  necessary amendments to be effected.


Mr. frimpong in his submission posited that most of the actions taken by some police personnel expose them as not been much equipped for the needed  professional skills for the job. This he said is evident from the manner in which many police personnel respond to  matters when called to duty.

He cited an instance where he personally chanced upon  a policeman compelling someone who had not put on a nose mask to buy one from a nearby seller by force.


“The Police as we know are supposed to be friends of  the citizenry but we see otherwise”, Mr Frimpong opined. He sorrowfully cited another scenario where a driver who has lost his way in the Kumasi city  asked for direction from a policeman on duty who refused to offer any form of support


He continued that the attitude put up by some police officers  when they are effecting arrest of a suspect leaves much to be desired as they  exhibit violent conduct that brings the name of the noble  profession into disrepute.



Source: Thepressradio.com/Ghana/Ofori Frimpong

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