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THE USE OF BRUTAL FORCE BY POLICE SHOULD BE A THING OF THE PAST-IGP Featured

Written by  Aug 10, 2017
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. David Asante-Appeatu has said the exercise of brutal force, use of repressive and suppressive police styles are far gone with the past. The IGP addressing the opening ceremony of the 47th Cadet Officers’ Course on Wednesday said police officers cannot strive for excellence without discipline. The police he said live in a civilized society and civility must reflect in all its actions. The transformation package being pursued by his leadership he said was motivational but challenging. The IGP told the Cadet Officers’ that they were going to be the first to have been introduced to key elements of the transformation agenda and the current training package is expected to produce officers with transformed mind set ready to explore beyond the ordinary levels of enforcement. The Ghana Police under his leadership he is reiterated is ‘’undergoing a robust transformation programme geared towards the realization of its vision of becoming a world-class Police Service capable of delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful services up to standard of international best practice.’’ He said, ‘’the police officer irrespective of rank or position should have full grip of the vision and mission of the service. ‘’I expect my officers to situate every decision of theirs into the vision of the service,’’ the IGP told the 130 Cadet Officers comprising of 44 females and 86 males at the opening ceremony. According to the IGP, he is non-compromising on issues of discipline and the core values of integrity, respect for the rule of law and professionalism. He said ‘’it is expecting that your training will reinforce these values to the extent that in your supervisory role you will make sure your subordinate imbibe these values and demonstrate them.’’ He charged the officers to live in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Academy while pursuing the programme. We need your support, loyalty, commitment and cooperation of both Cadets and Staff to make this Academy. He sound a word of caution to the Cadet Officers that the Police Administration ‘’is ready to withdraw any of you who demonstrates attitude unbecoming of a Senior Police officer (SPO). ‘’The SPO stratum in the Police Service carries with it values and norms of the organization. ‘’ The cadet training commenced on 31 July, 2017 will last for six months. The course according to the Commandant has been designed to take cadets through relevant topical areas such as management studies, crime prevention and investigation, operational planning and patrol. The rest are, criminal procedure, law of evidence, service enquiry, anti-human trafficking among others. The training according to ASP Ackah will expand the scope of knowledge for effective police work and achieve the goal of the ongoing transformational programme introduced by the IGP inspired and driven by the vision of the Ghana Police Service. The training he said will among other things enhance their command and managerial skills which will improve community safety and security and create the necessary atmosphere needed for the citizenry to go about their normal daily activities without fear or hindrance.  
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