| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 8:26am



The Inspector-General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu, says the Ghana Police Service is striving to actualise its vision of becoming a world class Police Service.

He said the Service is working at delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful services up to the standards of international best practices.

Mr. Asante-Apeatu said this in his closing remarks at the end of a two-week police pre- deployment training program in Accra.

It was organised by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and supported by the German Foreign Ministry.

The training program is intended to enhance the capacity of the Ghana Police Service to deliver effectively at both operational and tactical levels in relation to the roles, responsibilities and operating procedures of police-managed tasks in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO).

It also sought to improve significantly the overall professional competence and officer behaviour of trainees and personnel and to deliver international best police services in conflict areas.

A total of 60 participants from the Ghana Police Service took part in the program, with half being female police officers.

Mr. Asante-Apeatu also announced that the police service would soon collaborate with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre (KAIPTC) to explore critical areas of policing, including counter-terrorism, transnational organised crime, human trafficking and proliferation of small arms.

According to him, that is one of the surest ways to a successful peacekeeping, and he urged them to adapt to the mission’s environment when they are deployed.

He observed that, although the course is targeted at delivering international best police services in conflict areas, he was delighted it will have enormous impact on the overall professional competence and behaviour of personnel.

The IGP commended the participants for the keen interest and enthusiasm they demonstrated throughout the course.

He thanked the KAIPTC, the German Foreign Ministry and other donors for supporting the capacity building of police officers.

The Course Leader, Superintendent Isaac Asante, on behalf of the participants extended their profound appreciation to the organisers, the German government and the IGP for financing the training.

Christoph Retzlaff, the German Ambassador, recounted that the German government had supported the Centre since its inception in 2003.

He said Germany continues to support the Centre with the sum of two million Euros and had assisted it in organising 27 courses.

According to Mr. Retzlaff, Germany was also supporting the Centre with two police advisors, one military advisor and one technical advisor, which showed the importance his government attaches to the Centre.

“I congratulate the Commandant and staff of KAIPTC and the trainees for the successful completion of the course”, he added.

Story: Mabel Adorkor Annang