The members of the Task Force on parade

The members of the Task Force on parade

THE GHANA Police Service has successfully readied its first batch of anti-terrorism personnel to combat the rising security challenges in the country and the sub-region.

The specialized personnel numbering 140 graduated successfully after completing a month?s intensive police training with focus on Specialized Training Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) at the Ho Police Training School over the weekend.

The officers drawn from the 11 police regions received training in handling critical security situations including terrorism, violent crimes, mob action, hostage rescuing, armed robbery and the protection of VIPs and vital national installations.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, said the changing trend in criminal activities including terrorism across the world, especially in Africa and the sub-region is a challenge to the security agencies and ?we in Ghana cannot pretend not to be concern.?

He noted that ?the only way to secure our nation is for us to continuously train our personnel to be abreast with the changing and more difficult challenges of modern policing.?

Mr Alhassan tasked the officers to live their lives ?both on duty and off duty with the highest discipline and integrity? and not see themselves as ?special elites? and be demanding for special treatment.

?See yourselves as the privileged few who have been call upon to go beyond the normal performance of our duty,? the IGP emphasized and cautioned the officers against the abuse of the skills acquired.

Director-General of Police Operations, COP John Kudalor said the officers have been equipped to respond effectively and efficiently to violent situations including terror attacks in any part of the country.

COP Kudalor, also disclosed that the recently inaugurated Formed Police Unit (FPU), would have an Anti-Terrorism Unit to combat any act of terrorism and violent crimes.

He, however, called for the support of the general public by reporting any suspicious characters in the communities.

In a related development, 294 police recruits have also passed out from the Ho Police Training School after six months of training.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) in-charge of Finance, Dr George Akuffo-Dampare, charged the new constables to uphold the professional integrity of the service in the discharge of their duties.

The recruits were trained in criminal law, criminal procedure and investigation, law of evidence, acts and decrees, Information
Communication Technology (ICT) and service instructions, among other topics.

From Fred Duodu and Lambert Atsivor, Ho

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