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General News of Thursday, 26 September 2019

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah

Ghana Police Service encourages women policing

The recruits at a parade being inspected by the IGP The recruits at a parade being inspected by the IGP

The Ghana Police Service continues to recruit female officers to encourage more women to join the service.

Out of 181 inducted officers, 142 females passed out at the second graduation ceremony held at the National Police Training School, Tesano in Accra, on Wednesday, September 23.

The Acting Inspector General, Mr. James Oppong- Boanuh, senior officers, government officials, family and friends witnessed the occasion.

Mr. Oppong-Boanuh said they were recruited to increase the numerical strength of personnel needed to fight crime.

He advised the fresh recruits to always act professionally in the line of duty.

Mr. Oppong-Boanuh thanked the government for addressing challenges affecting the police service.

He nonetheless appealed to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the business community to support the service.

In an interview on the sidelines, one of the classroom Instructors who teaches human rights law and domestic violence, Detective Sergeant Chief/Alhaji Bawah Abdul Jalil applauded the top hierarchy for making the service attractive to women.

He urged the female recruits to make a difference in the service saying, "A study indicated that due to female officers' perseverance and unique abilities, they are becoming a fundamental part of contemporary policing."

"Women are found to respond more effectively to incidents of violence against women, which make up approximately half of the calls to policewomen in law enforcement."

Chief Bawah Abdul Jalil stressed that "The vision of the police service is to have a world-class police service capable of delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful service."

"This is intended to uplift the service in line with international policing practices and for that matter the human rights of the Ghanaians to avoid human right violations."

Second graduation ceremony

This is the second graduation ceremony in the year 2019.

The first batch of 276 recruits passed out on Wednesday, July, 24.

They comprised 144 women and 132 men who underwent intensive seven months training at the National Police Training School.

Among other subjects, they studied police service instructions and constitutional instrument 76, criminal investigations, criminal procedure, law of evidence, map reading, practical police duties, child-friendly policing, community policing, basic officers’ skills, human rights law and domestic violence.

They were to be posted to the newly created regions to augment the numerical strength of police personnel there.